Scarborough’s education overhaul will continue after Yorkshire Coast College confirmed it had purchased the university campus in Filey Road and will now rebrand itself.
From next September the college will be based at what is now the University of Hull’s campus and will change its name to Scarborough TEC, harking back to times when it was known as the old Scarborough Technical College.
The college’s owners, the Grimsby Institute, says it intends to sell off the existing campuses at Lady Edith’s Drive and the art school at Westwood.
The Grimsby Institute declined to say how much it had paid for the Filey Road campus but stated that it had not yet sold own campuses.
Ann Hardy will remain as principal of the new TEC, which stands for training, education, and careers.
A spokesman for the college said: “Scarborough TEC will be a college which understands and meets the needs of students and employers.
“The college and its new campus will improve services to students and increase their opportunity to study programs that are directly related to current and future labour market needs thereby supporting the region’s vocational and technical skills requirements and the local economy.
“Plans for Scarborough TEC include dedicated facilities for the teaching of: construction, engineering, catering and hospitality, health and social care, arts and the media, business, enterprise and ICT, and leisure and tourism. “There will also be a firm emphasis on the development of flexible, higher level skills, which have been identified as a key requirement for the wider economy going forwards. Scarborough TEC will also offer a wide range of apprenticeships and work-based training.”
The news follows on the back the opening of the Scarborough University Technical College and Coventry University Scarborough Campus at Weaponness.
It has also been confirmed that the University of Hull, which currently works alongside Yorkshire Coast College, will continue to do so with Scarborough TEC by validating the degrees offered.
Gill Alton, Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute Group added: “We are incredibly excited about our acquisition of the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus, this opportunity allows us to develop a college that is responsive to the needs of local students, employers, and the wider economy.
“The college will provide a clear line of sight to work and careers.
“Our aim is to put a relentless focus on quality in teaching and to do so in a high-quality environment so that we deliver an excellent outcome for every student, be that an apprenticeship, job, job promotion or place studying university level qualifications.
“Providing our students with the skills and experience that local employers actually need, both now and in the future, will be the key to our success and will be delivered in a modern campus which meets the needs of the borough”.
The Scarborough News exclusively revealed earlier this year that YCC was looking to move to Filey Road, following the announcement that the University of Hull was winding down its Scarborough operation.
Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice Chancellor at the University of Hull added: “The Grimsby Institute Group and the University of Hull have enjoyed a special relationship that goes back some 15 years and we look forward to this continuing long into the future.
“The University of Hull will continue to deliver educational programs from the Filey Road campus in Scarborough until students graduate in the summer of 2017.
“Beyond that, the University will continue to validate a number of degrees for the new college.
“We will now work closely with Grimsby Institute Group to ensure a smooth and positive transfer of ownership and operations for the Scarborough Campus.”