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University Centre Status extended to Central Beds College

Speaker at University Centre event.

The Bedford College Group has been officially designated as a University Centre.

The status recognises the long-standing tradition of providing Higher Education (HE) or degree-level learning across the Group. Now the new title  ‘The Bedford College Group and University Centre’ will be applied across all campuses in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire as recognition of the long standing commitment to HE locally.

Higher Education has previously been on offer at Bedford College, Shuttleworth College and Tresham College campuses in a variety of subjects up to, and including, full BA and BSc degrees as well as postgraduate awards in teacher education.

Staff outside Central Beds College holding 'University Centre' sign.
Ian Pryce CEO.

Welcoming over 100 HE teachers and support staff to a dedicated event hosted at the Bedford College’s theatre, CEO Ian Pryce CBE said:

“The term University has a real significance, it means something special to so many people and we are proud now to have the term in our corporate title.

“I am of the generation where I was the first person in my family to go to university – fewer than 20% of people progressed to HE learning then. 

“All of my children went to university and the expectation is that in future, lifelong learning to reach upwards to Higher Education qualifications could be something everyone can aspire to.

“This no longer means having to go away to university, but to consider obtaining an employer-recognised series of qualifications at your local campus in Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire. 

“A degree gained from your local college, and often in conjunction with an employer, demonstrates the great links our college has with the real world of work.”

Leading the launch event was Director of Higher Education, Alex Mortby, and his team who had arranged a series of seminars for HE teaching and support staff from across the Group.

Alex Mortby added:

“This was a fantastic event to launch our new University Centre status. Our new status will be the driving force for delivering new national policy developments on higher technical level skills locally.”

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