The Weston College Group formally launched its new University Centre Weston brand at a jam-packed event in the College’s Conference Centre on Monday evening (14th November).
Weston College has been delivering degrees since 1993 and, in recognition of being awarded University Centre status, has renamed its higher education provision to University Centre Weston, or UCW.
Representatives from UCW’s partner universities – Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England, Bristol – were among the attendees at the event who got to meet UCW lecturers and students and find out more about the Foundation degrees, Honours top-ups and Master’s degrees it has on offer.
Guests also included representatives from businesses, higher education organisations and UCW’s work-based learning partners, and teachers from schools and sixth forms from across the South West.
They were welcomed with a drinks reception and entertained by theatrical and musical performances, and then got to take part in interactive activities for UCW courses.
These included watching student films in a mini cinema, exploring virtual reality computing on an Oculus Rift, taking emotional intelligence and personality tests, and getting to see animal skeletons up close.
Anthony Murray, the Vice Principal for Higher Education at UCW, said: “It was fantastic to have so many of our partners together for this very special event, which showcased the brilliant programmes we have on offer.
“Although we have a new name, students can still rely on our more than two decades of experience and expertise in delivering high quality university-level teaching and learning.
“Indeed, the fantastic outcome in our independent Higher Education Review earlier in the year proves that UCW continues to be among the very best places for a student to study for a degree.”
According to the latest figures, 24% of UCW Honours students achieve First Class degrees, compared to the national average of 19%, and 95% of graduates are in further study or employment within six months of graduating.