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New Bloom for UCLan /Myerscough Partnership

Posted on Tuesday 06 September 2005

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have recently signed a new five year partnership agreement with Myerscough College that will further improve access to Higher Education and establish Myerscough with the University as a national centre of excellence for land-based education and related activities.

At a specially arranged ceremony UCLan’s Vice Chancellor Dr Malcolm McVicar, together with Myerscough College Principal, Professor John Moverley, rubber stamped the landmark move by signing an institutional agreement and academic plan together with a memorandum of cooperation.

Commenting on the new partnership, UCLan’s Dr Malcolm McVicar said: “We are delighted to be continuing our fruitful relationship with Myerscough. Individually the University and College have many complementary strengths in areas such as rural business, animal science, environmental management, agriculture and forestry - but working in partnership we have the potential to put the North West on the map as a world leader in land-based education.”

Myerscough College Principal, Professor John Moverley said that the new agreement was the result of considerable thought and discussion. “It significantly strengthens the current arrangement and indeed creates a new innovative partnership in terms of course planning and increasing opportunity.

“Myerscough is now the largest college in the country serving the land-based sector with an impressive resource base and with national recognition of its quality. This agreement expresses the ambition of both institutions to work closely together and create a major focus of HE land-based education and research serving the region but with the aim of being the national centre of excellence in this area of study.”

Myerscough has been delivering higher education with the support of the University of Central Lancashire for over 13 years. There are now more than 1000 students enrolled on courses which range from agriculture, animal, equine and veterinary nursing to sport, horticulture, arboriculture, business information technology, ecology and conservation management.

Courses can be studied at HND, Foundation Degree or Degree level.

New courses, subject to validation, include a BSc in Horticultural Retail Management together with an MSc in Urban Forestry.

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