HIGHER education students at Craven College will now graduate with a degree awarded by the University of Hull.

Anita Lall, Craven College vice principal, said it was ‘fabulous’ news for existing and prospective students.

She said:”Hull University is a well renowned red brick university and is in the top five universities in the north of England. We are looking forward to widening our degree courses to meet the needs of students and employers both locally and further afield.”

College Principal, Lindsey Johnson said it was planned to expand the higher education courses, including aviation, garden design and business, already offered by the college, in partnership with the university.

“The lockdown has taught us that we are ahead of the field in terms of successfully supporting students both virtually and in person. This means that we can extend our reach beyond the local area and really grow our provision for those who prefer a more personalised, supportive learning environment.”

A spokesperson for the University of Hull said it was delighted to be able to work with the college.

“This builds on the university’s commitment to supporting skills and development training across the Yorkshire and Humber region, at the same time helping to provide the best possible outcomes for young people.

“These courses will play an important role in helping to develop highly-skilled people, improving the employability and career prospects of future generations.”

Gillian Thom, higher education manager at Craven College, said she was excited about the partnership.

“Craven College has over 20 years’ of experience of degree level education and this new partnership provides a fantastic opportunity to build on our current offer. All of our degrees are written by college staff with local employer input and the Partnership with Hull will enable us to expand our range of degrees, allowing students to study bespoke courses in Skipton that are validated and awarded by the University of Hull.

“Students will now have access to a wide range of university resources including study skills, student union events and the alumni network in addition to all of the facilities already provided at Craven College.”

Student, William Harrison, currently studying Aviation Management BSc at The Aviation Academy based at Leeds Bradford Airport said; “I feel it’s a really positive move for the college and our future career prospects as the University of Hull has an excellent reputation.”

The college says expansion of degree level curriculum with the University of Hull will also help it to provide even better progression opportunities for A-level, vocational and apprenticeship students across North and West Yorkshire.