Message from Principal and CEO Andy Berry
“Following the fire at the Bridgwater campus, I have been bowled over by the love and support shown from our community and cannot thank you enough.
This year has certainly been challenging and the fire has added to this challenge. The Motorsport team are devastated, this team has a UK wide reputation for building and tuning the most amazing racing cars. It’s with great pride that they race, and win, at some of the greatest tracks in the UK. This experience supports our students to go onto some fantastic destinations from Formula 1 to rally teams and into advanced engineering roles in the motorsport supply chain.
Rest assured, we will rebuild the workshops back to a world class standard. In the meantime, we will do our utmost to minimise the impact on our students, we have a number of workshops across our campuses and we will be relocating students to continue their studies when the Covid guidelines allow. We will continue to update you with the plans and the progress for the new facilities.
I am immeasurably proud of all the staff at the College, who I know will rise to this latest challenge.
In the meantime, many thanks for your support, it means a lot to all of us at Bridgwater & Taunton College.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What has been affected by the fire?
Two workshops have been affected, the motorcycle workshop and the motorsport workshop.
How was the fire started?
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated, however, early indications are that it was arson.
Was anyone hurt in the incident?
The fire broke out during the night when no one was on Campus. There have been no injuries as a result of the fire.
Why are you shutting the whole campus if only two workshops are affected?
The health and wellbeing of our staff and students is paramount. We have taken the decision to shut the campus to support the estates team who are working in the affected area of the campus.
When will you reopen the workshops?
The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently being investigated. As more information becomes available we will let you know.
I was due to have a telephone interview for Motorsport / Motorcycle on Thursday. Will someone contact me?
For students due to be interviewed for Motorsport and Motorcycle, your interview might be rearranged for next week, however, if this is the case a member of the team will be in touch.
I am on a course which uses the affected workshops, will I be affected?
Currently, the courses are online and we continue to follow government guidelines with regards to Covid and opening the College. Rest assured, when the College opens to students you will be working in automotive workshops and we will work to minimise any disruption to your studies.
What will happen to the affected workshops?
It is very early to be able to give full details, however, we plan to remodel and rebuild these workshops.
I have applied for a Motorsport Course to start in September. Will it go ahead?
Yes, we have a number of automotive workshops across our campuses. Rest assured, the Motorsport Course will start as planned in September.
I wish to apply for a Motorsport Course at UCS – can I still apply?
Yes, applications are still open for all automotive courses. We have a number of automotive workshops across our campuses. Rest assured, the courses will start as planned in September. Please click on the links to view our courses.
Should I attend the Bridgwater campus today?
No, it half term and the University Centre is closed to students. Please do not attend the campus.