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3rd December 2019

An event to officially open the York College University Centre introduced invited guests to an exclusive new facility to benefit the College’s Higher Education students.

Photo of York College University Centre Opening with principal Lee Probert and Artist Kate Buckley

As part of the College’s ongoing development of its facilities, the modern, distinctive space, located on the third floor of the Learning Resource Centre, boasts dedicated learning zones and social spaces to enhance students’ learning experiences.

York College received approval from the Department for Education to use the brand of ‘York College University Centre’. The area sits alongside the development of new facilities for the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology, and will be utilised to support the growth and development of Higher Education, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Professional Qualifications at Level 4 and above.

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The Centre was officially opened by former BA (Hons) Contemporary Craft student Kate Buckley, who has recently been appointed as Artist in Residence at York College. Kate said: “I am honoured to open this wonderful facility, which will support students and give them a sense of identity and distinctiveness within the College. This is their Higher Education Base Camp! As students continue their learning journey, moving through educational levels from 3 to 4, building on existing work and study skills, it is important that they feel the progression and the change in expectations - moving towards a successful future. This new space will enable them to do just that. I am also delighted to donate a piece of my work to be displayed, amongst other past and present students’ work. I consider it a huge accolade.”

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Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal, welcomed guests to the York College University Centre, saying: “We’re proud to open this new University Centre, designed entirely with the ambitions of our Higher Education students in mind. This is a first class facility reflecting the high quality of our higher education courses. Higher education is an important and expanding part of the College’s provision and will widen the range of courses offered to students in the years ahead. It follows that our students should have a specialist area in which to work and socialise, aiding their progression onto the next stage of their careers.”

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