University Centre Weston handed gold star and is in top 20 per cent in the country
PUBLISHED: 13:05 22 June 2017
University Centre Weston (UCW) is celebrating a huge achievement today (Thursday) after it was announced it is now in the top 20 per cent of higher education providers in the country.
Principal of the Weston College Group, Dr Paul Phillips said this is a ‘tremendous’ result for the centre, which offers more than 45 degree-level courses and was only granted official university centre status in November 2015.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has handed UCW a gold award, which places it among the highest performing education centres in the country.
This means its teaching is ‘consistently outstanding’.
Close to 300 higher education providers in England, Wales and Scotland have had their teaching quality, learning environment and student outcome data assessed by the TEF Panel.
They have been rated as gold, silver, bronze or provisional and universities such as The University of Oxford and The University of Exeter have also received the gold award in recent times.
The TEF panel said: “Students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes.”
Dr Phillips added:“This is a tremendous outcome for the whole region as it confirms that we have a first-class institution in which to study higher education in North Somerset.
“It shows the gains that the Weston College Group is making for learners regionally and nationally.
“Getting gold also endorses the UCW approach of combining high quality academic study with work-focused learning, and means that our university partners can be assured of the quality of our provision.”
The leader of North Somerset Council, Nigel Ashton also expressed his gratitude to the staff at the university centre and says it signals a positive change for the town and district as a whole.
He said: “Weston and North Somerset are changing at an incredible pace with the local economy expanding at a healthy rate.
“We are seeing local businesses growing and new ones basing themselves here, so ensuring we have a local workforce with the right skills at the right level is essential, especially with the project at Hinkley under way.
“The fact that University Centre Weston is so quickly establishing itself with standards that compete with the best is a credit to all involved, and helps the town and North Somerset to continue to punch above our weight in the region’s economy.”