Weston degree students deliver verdict on town’s regeneration

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Higher education students have praised the recent improvements to enhance and modernise the traditional seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.

New and returning students to University Centre Weston (UCW) have been quick to comment on the major projects completed while they were on their summer break.

Students are now able to study in the Law and Professional Services Academy and University Centre in the new section of the Weston College Group’s multimillion pound redevelopment of the iconic Winter Gardens Pavilion building on Weston seafront.

Other changes in the town include the revamped Italian Gardens – a project undertaken by North Somerset Council – and the nearly-completed Dolphin Square retail, entertainment and dining quarter.

Taking time out from UCW’s Freshers’ Week activities, which included a Freshers’ Fair in the Winter Gardens, club nights, trampolining and bowling, Lizzy Holbrook said: “I was born and raised here and I’m really impressed with where Weston is heading.

“Weston needed to grow and it’s now starting to feel like a small city.

“I really like modern architecture so I think the design of everything is cool.

“It would be good if the town had more events like the beautiful fire show at the opening of the Italian Gardens a few weeks ago.”

Miguel Fonseca, who moved from Portugal to study in the South West, said: “I like the way that there is space and also privacy in the Winter Gardens.

“This will push students to work in a more professional manner as there will be opportunities for group work but also for private meetings.”

Around 300 students have joined the more the 45 work-based courses on offer at UCW this September.

More than 500 students will graduate from UCW at special ceremonies held in St John’s Church and the Winter Gardens on Saturday 23 September.