tale of two ministers, two places and one day
University played host to government visitors at each
campus last week, as the arts and higher education ministers
came both on the same day to support events
at Leeds and Bretton Hall.
learning and higher education minister Margaret Hodge
joined senior academics, educational practitioners and
regional economic planners from around the UK at a HEFCE
sponsored conference, organised by the school of continuing
education, showcasing successful partnerships between
higher and further education in the region to promote
best practice in widening participation.
the conference, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Alan Wilson
said: "Higher education is not simply an economic instrument
important though that is. It provides individuals
with the basis for their life opportunities and it is
Margaret Hodge and Alan Wilson
Hodge said: "Through partnerships, universities and further
education colleges can make a real difference to local
people educationally, economically and socially
by delivering a shared goal of social inclusion
and improving the skills base of Yorkshire and Humberside."
setting Bretton Hall students meet Baroness Blackstone
and David Sugden in the Allendale room at Mansion House
Halls impressive facilities provided the backdrop
to the launch of a regional cultural strategy, championing
the whole spectrum of cultural and creative interests
in the region, including tourism and sport, to encourage
and enable more people to take part in cultural activities.
the strategy, minister for the arts Baroness Blackstone
said: "Culture brings fun and creativity to our lives
and helps to inspire and educate. It makes us healthier,
more confident, more employable and more successful in
event was attended by leading figures in the arts, education,
culture and sport from throughout the Yorkshire and Humber
lunch in the Mansion House, Baroness Blackstone joined
Brettons Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Sugden
to meet students currently performing in Man of Mode at
the Universitys Powerhouse One theatre in Wakefield.
cast all final year drama students were
in full costume, designed by Bretton students to respect
the form of 17th century period clothing, but using modern
fabrics such as leopard print, PVC and denim.
the press releases on Margaret
Hodge's visit, and on Tessa
the Vice-Chancellor's opening address to the widening