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28 February 2006

Launch of University of Leeds @ Wakefield

The University of Leeds reinforced its commitment to providing education in Wakefield this Friday with the opening of a dedicated higher education building next to Wakefield College, the ‘University of Leeds @ Wakefield’.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Leeds, Professor Alan Pearman said: “The opening of our new University of Leeds @ Wakefield premises reflects our commitment to higher education in the city and our wish to continue our close links with Wakefield College, schools and employers, and with Wakefield District Council in helping to support the development of Wakefield."

Wakefield is one of the largest local authorities in the UK without a university; reflected in statistics showing the district having the lowest progression to HE in West Yorkshire at 21 per cent, despite achieving the second highest GCSE results. The University of Leeds’ move from the Manygates campus to its new premises highlights its commitment to helping address such concerns.

The University of Leeds will deliver courses through our new lifelong learning centre (LLC) and the school of healthcare. The LLC’s provision will include foundation degrees in family support and in professional studies in teaching and learning together with a supportive evening and weekend programme for people in higher education wanting to develop their academic skills.

For those wondering if university is for them, the centre’s new open study programme offers a chance to gain a taste of university through taking modules that can later count towards a degree programme. Programmes offered by the healthcare include a BA (Hons) in social work, a BA (Hons) in applied social studies, and a graduate diploma in counselling, one of several counselling programmes delivered in Wakefield and Leeds. In total over 300 student places will be offered from the Wakefield premises. University of Leeds @ Wakefield will be open 8.30-20.50 Monday to Thursday, 8.30 -17.00 on Friday and 9.30-13.00 on Saturday.

All of the LLC’s programmes can be studied on a part time basis and offer either reduced rates or generous bursaries, depending upon the programme. Through developing academic skills through the Preparation for Higher Education programme at Wakefield students can then progress to full undergraduate degrees at Leeds or to foundation degrees at Wakefield.

LLC director Dr Stella Cottrell said: “We’re providing an essential opportunity for people in Wakefield to study at university ‘on their door step’. We’ve a state of the art facility located in the centre of Wakefield to deliver programmes for adult learners.”

Paul Marshall, Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Healthcare stated:
“The transfer of Social Work and Counselling programmes into the School has greatly enhanced our health and social care provision. The University’s investment in the new educational facilities at Wakefield has ensured that the strong local link with Wakefield continues and provides students with a high quality learning environment.”

The launch on Friday 3 March complements and builds upon the broader Wakefield Learning and Regeneration programme which firmly places education at the centre of its plans.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds will open proceedings at 11am and the Mayor of Wakefield will make a key note address.

Notes for editors:
1. All photographers and media are welcome to attend the event.
2. For more information contact deputy head of city and regional office Gregory Miller on 0113 343 1058.


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