SIGNS NETWORK AGREEMENT WITH DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
Grantham College was one
of nine Further Education Colleges to sign up to a new collaborative
partnership agreement with De Montfort University on Monday 13 November
at an event held at the University's Leicester City campus. The event
marked the rematch of the Associate College Network, allowing the
network partners to celebrate the triumphs of the partnership, and
reflect on the challenges that lie ahead.
DMU's network of
Associate Colleges spreads across the heartland of England and enables
students to receive quality higher education in a setting and locality
appropriate to their needs. The links between the colleges and the
University makes education at all levels more accessible to all.
This is one of the
first' networks to fully commit to a formal partnership, when all ten
institutions (DMU and its nine colleges) signed up to the collaboration.
The partnership, which has developed out of an established network,
means that local students and communities will see the benefits of the
colleges working with each other as well as with the University.
Links between the
network members are also good for links with industry. Large companies
can see the benefits of working with a network for their training needs.
Guest speakers at the
celebration included HEFCE Regional Advisor Dr John Selby, who
congratulated the Network on the existing strengths of the partnership
and its achievements to date.
Director of Educational Partnerships at DMU commented: " The
University is committed to widening access to further and higher
education and recognised that this can only be achieved through a shared
vision with like-minded institutions.
" The Network's
long-standing commitment has been taken a stage further through this
agreement. The Associate Colleges will be working collaboratively with
each other as well as with the University, facilitating progression
opportunities for students across the region.''
Professor Philip Tasker,
Vice Chancellor of De Montfort University says:
" Partnerships with
schools and colleges throughout our region are key to building on what
we have achieved in terms of widening participation. In this context,
our Associate Colleges will play an increasingly important role.''
De Montfort University
has four UK Centres: Bedford, Leicester, Lincoln and Milton Keynes.
Members of De Montfort
University's Associate College Network: