Sunderland Uni opens new gateway to better education

JOINING FORCES: Bill Midgley OBE, Steve Cram CBE, and Tyne Met College's Jon Vincent.
JOINING FORCES: Bill Midgley OBE, Steve Cram CBE, and Tyne Met College's Jon Vincent.
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SUNDERLAND University has helped launch an educational gateway in the region.

In 2005, the University of Sunderland formed a partnership with TyneMet College to provide higher education to the region.

Since then almost 4,000 students have studied a range of the Wearside university’s higher education courses at the college.

Now, the two institutions have launched a Higher Education Gateway, which will give students access to guidance, support and advice, including resources to support their chosen programme of study.

It also provides a space to display and celebrate the success of former, current and future students.

Steve Cram CBE, Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, opened the gateway at the college, saying: “I’m very proud to be asked to open the Higher Education Partnership Gateway at TyneMet.

“Some of our graduates start their studies at a partner college and tell us the support and quality teaching they receive encourages them to progress on their higher education journey – with life changing results.”

University Partnership Liaison Officer Nicola Hopper said: “The HE Gateway provides students with a friendly, supportive environment where they can study and socialise. The college provides a great range of facilities and having a dedicated, specialised area for higher education highlights the significant, collaborative efforts of the college and univSunderland Uniersity to provide higher education to students in a college environment.”

With 100 per cent student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey, TyneMet College gained the top spot in the country for student satisfaction outranking 322 other colleges and universities.

Jon Vincent, principal and chief executive at TyneMet College said: “The opening of the HE Gateway signifies our passion to go above and beyond in the education stakes.

“Over the years we have worked closely with the University of Sunderland to deliver programmes that have provided people with the opportunity to access countless career routes and ultimately contribute to wider society.”