Vision revealed for new university campus in Scunthorpe ahead of open events

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Mar 2019

This is the vision for a new university campus which is to be created in Scunthorpe.

North Lincolnshire Council's current Civic Centre headquarters will be transformed into the first phase of the University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL) project, with the first students to start courses there in September.

Artist's impressions showing how the campus will look have been released to Scunthorpe Live ahead of three open events where potential students will be able to find out more about studying at the site.

Visitors to the events, which start on Tuesday, March 19, will be able to meet current higher education students, lecturers and senior management regarding the transformation of the Civic Centre, on Ashby Road.

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

The 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. 

An artist's impression of a learning resource centre at the new University Campus North Lincolnshire, to be created at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe

Council staff currently based at the Civic Centre will be moving to Church Square House in Scunthorpe town centre.

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.

Read more: Plans to transform Scunthorpe's Civic Centre into university campus given go-ahead

Maxina Butler-Holmes, executive director for higher education at the college, said: "We are already one of the largest college-based university centres in the UK with an outstanding reputation for quality through our inspections and judgements through the teaching excellence framework (TEF) for higher education.

"The university campus will result in a truly transformational change placing North Lincolnshire as a leader in community-based higher level skills and professional development. 

"We have strong, well established university partnerships which will enable us to introduce new undergraduate courses and significantly, post graduate, professional development and management development provision all available locally in Scunthorpe."

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

The Civic Centre in Scunthorpe is to be transformed into a university campus(Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)

Course information will be available at the open events for prospective students wanting to study at the UCNL, while a full collection of artist's impressions will also be on show.

The events will be held at the Civic Centre and will run from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, March 19, 9.30am to noon on Saturday, March 23 and 4.30pm to 7pm on Monday, March 25 and there is an open invitation to the public to attend.

Read more: Work set to start on £5.7 million Church Square House extension in Scunthorpe

An additional employers’ breakfast meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 7.30am to 9am and employers from around the region are encouraged to come and see how they can link up with the UCNL, support new talent and get involved in the project in other ways including work experience, apprenticeships and industry insights.

The breakfast meeting is a booking only event, so all interested groups and individuals are advised to email to reserve their place.

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