New 1,000 student university institute for Telford & Wrekin
Written by BBC News on March 14, 2019
Plans to create a new education institute for Telford & Wrekin have been revealed today.
Telford & Wrekin Council and the University of Wolverhampton announced that they are in discussions about creating the new facility – to support the borough’s economic and social needs and aimed at attracting an increased number of young and mature students.
The new facility would be based on a site overlooking Telford Town Centre’s Southwater lake which the council says would create a prestige facility in a striking design building over a number of floors. If given the go-ahead it would represent one of the final pieces in the completion of the Southwater complex which has been delivered through a £250m investment and is now recognised as a regional retail, leisure and conference hub.
The proposed institute would offer students a mix of industry-specific short courses and general full time study offering academic and apprenticeship routes and a strong focus on digital skills.
Council leader Councillor Shaun Davies said: “This can be a really important development for the borough which would further strengthen and grow the success of Southwater and Telford Centre as a regional destination. The commitment of the University of Wolverhampton shows the strength of the borough’s reputation as the destination of choice for investors. Telford is a University Town with a strong and growing education offer which has been key to investors choosing to locate but also for families and young people across the Borough.”
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We have had a presence in Telford for 25 years and are proud to be part of the area. This is very much about meeting the demand and skills gap and working with employers from key growth sectors in the borough. Telford is rapidly growing economy and this has the potential to be an exciting opportunity to further establish our offer to a wider audience in a pivotal location.”
Telford has been recognised as having the fastest housing growth by Centre for Cities and has seen over £236 million of private sector investment delivering in excess of 1,000 new jobs in the last three years through the Telford Land Deal.