Grantham College launches its University Centre

Grantham College launches its University Centre and appoints new Assistant Principal for Higher Education

Grantham College is proud to announce the expansion of its Higher Education provision by investing in a new University Centre. The Centre will be located in the College’s historic Elsham House building. The bespoke Centre will see a transformation of the building, designed to serve the needs of the College’s HE university level students and further enhance the student experience. 

The College has also recently welcomed a new Assistant Principal for Higher Education: Dr Steven Peacock. Steven has worked in Higher Education for a number of years and is looking forward to taking on new challenges: “I’m excited to join Grantham College at a time of expansion in Higher Education. The development of the University Centre will provide better facilities and a dedicated space for our Higher Education students. We already have a significant number of university students studying at the college in collaboration with our partner body, Bishop Grosseteste University. “ 

Grantham College’s Higher Education provision recently received a silver Teaching Excellence and Framework (TEF) award. TEF measures the things students care about; students invest significant amounts of time and money in Higher Education and expect a high-quality academic experience. The TEF judging panel considers evidence including continuation rates, student satisfaction, employment data, and further study outcomes.

Chief Executive and Principal of the College, Paul Deane is pleased with the developments and upcoming plans stating: “It has been a fantastic year for our HE provision and we are excited to be enhancing and expanding it even further. We now have a TEF silver award which places our performance above the national average and is testament to our achievements in Higher Education. We are putting a significant investment into our new University Centre and I look forward to sharing it with our students and the wider community.”

As part of their Higher Education provision, the college offer degree level qualifications in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU). Jonathan Batty, Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications at BGU, praised the positive impact the new centre would have: “It has been a pleasure working with the team at Grantham College to make places in Higher Education accessible to those who wouldn’t traditionally attend university. Widening participation is a core value of the University and we are excited to see provision offered through our partnership expand with this new centre.” 

The College’s bid for an Institute of Technology in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and other FE Colleges in Lincolnshire has progressed to stage 2. If successful, the bid will lead to significant capital investment in facilities and equipment to support the growth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects at higher levels. This will further enhance the College’s established reputation as a provider of higher level skills in Engineering. 

Higher Education subjects currently offered at Grantham College include Biology, Media, Engineering, Art & Design, Health & Social Care, Computing, Performing Arts, Business, Sport, and Professional Studies. The College offers a range of HE course levels, including Foundation Degrees, HNC (Level 4) and HND (Level 5), and Higher Level Degree Apprenticeships.

The grand opening of the University Centre will take place in September (exact date to be confirmed) but it is not too late to apply for courses at Grantham College. Apply online at www.grantham.ac.uk, pick up an application form or call 01476 400200.