New Scunthorpe university campus opens doors to prospective students at first open event

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Mar 2019

Prospective students at the new University Campus North Lincolnshire found out more about the courses on offer at the first in a series of open events.

The campus will be created in a transformation of North Lincolnshire Council's Civic Centre in Scunthorpe, with the first higher education programmes to start at the site in September.

The first of three open events was held at the Ashby Road centre on Tuesday, March 19 and offered an opportunity for people to meet current higher education students, lecturers and senior management.

The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL) project is a partnership between North Lindsey College, North Lincolnshire Council  and the University of Lincoln and will see the college move its existing undergraduate programmes.  Council staff are moving to Church Square House in Scunthorpe town centre.

The aim is for the campus to develop over time to encapsulate the higher education offer available across North Lincolnshire.

Steve Johnstone, director of higher education at North Lindsey College, discussed what the university campus could offer local students in a presentation at the open event.

The UCNL opened it doors at the former Civic Centre, Ashby Road Scunthorpe for a open evening introducing the new campus to prospective students (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

He said: "Firstly, we're very much looking forward to moving into these facilities. This gives us a great base to build from and enhance the experience we can give to our students."

Hundreds of potential students spoke to lecturers about the campus and what they could expect should they choose to study at UCNL.

One potential student, Simon Hardwick, said: "It all looks really encouraging - it's great to see a university campus in Scunthorpe with its own base and student area.

"It would be much more cost beneficial to study here and I'm strongly considering enrolling."

Another, Sophie Reed said: "It all looks really positive and it has been good to meet the lecturers to see what they have to offer."

Potential University Campus North Lincolnshire students were given more information about the project at an open evening (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

Last week, artist's impressions were revealed showing the vision for the new campus.

The UCNL will grow with the existing 1,200 higher education students currently at the University Centre at North Lindsey College and the development of new degree courses with existing university partners.

Mr Johnstone added: "Ultimately, we want to re-write any narrative about studying in Scunthorpe. We encourage all prospective students to come and speak to us and take into consideration what we can offer them."

Applications are now open for courses starting in September, ranging from HNCs through to Masters degrees.


Potential University Campus North Lincolnshire students were given more information about the project at an open evening (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

Last week, artist's impressions were revealed showing the vision for the new campus.

The UCNL will grow with the existing 1,200 higher education students currently at the University Centre at North Lindsey College and the development of new degree courses with existing university partners.

Mr Johnstone added: "Ultimately, we want to re-write any narrative about studying in Scunthorpe. We encourage all prospective students to come and speak to us and take into consideration what we can offer them."

Applications are now open for courses starting in September, ranging from HNCs through to Masters degrees.



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