Moulton College Principal Steve Davies joined Stuart Linnell on BBC radio Northampton’s breakfast show recently for a lively discussion on the topic ‘Should there be a University in North Northamptonshire’.
For the interview Steve was also joined by Stuart Wesselby the Principal of Tresham College.
Steve emphasised that Moulton already provides a highly quality and individual university experience including high progression rates into employment, exceptional value for money, smaller class sizes, outstanding specialist facilities, and a recognised university degree validated by the University of Northampton, access to a wide transport network or residential accommodation in our new £7.4 million superb student accommodation.
He added that Moulton is also closely working with the Northampton Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and local authorities with their ambitious plans to build 37,000 new homes and create 32,500 new jobs by 2021 creating a £20 billion economy! This provides the opportunity for Moulton College, working with industry to develop the workforce of the future to meet these challenging growth targets.
There continues to be significant demand for both higher and further education in the county and Moulton College is certainly playing a major role in meeting both student and employers requirements.
Whilst further education colleges such as Moulton can offer an outstanding university experience which has a vocational relevance and links directly to employment, the need for a new university in Northamptonshire is something that would require significant infrastructure to implement. However, it will be important to continue to work with University partners and industry to ensure that the specialist facilities at Moulton are used to the best advantage, to enable young people to develop the right blend of technical knowledge and employability skills.