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Coventry University campus celebrates second birthday

Tue 23 July 2019, 10:47 am

Higher education institute CU London is preparing to celebrate its second birthday in September, as it considers its future role in the Dagenham area.

The multi-million pound transformation of the historic Grade II-listed Dagenham Civic Centre led to the campus, which is owned and run by Coventry University, opening in 2017.

The staff members at the educational establishment have worked to build relationships with community leaders, institutes and organisations including Participatory City, Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership and Future Youth Zone, while offering courses that are tailored to the needs of students with busy lives.

Associate pro-vice chancellor Andy Ginn said: “We have had a fantastic first two years, really getting to know the people of Barking and Dagenham, build up our student base and make our mark on the local community.

“We always intended to really be at the heart of the community we serve and to do our very best for those people wishing to improve their higher-level skills, knowledge and qualifications.”

Ginn added CU London has created partnerships with “schools, colleges and employers” to help generate a “coherent skills pathway” to provide educational opportunities in the borough.

He said: “We have also taken part in charitable events such as the Run4Life, which we hosted this year, as well as organising charity football matches between our staff and students. We are proud to have championed equality, diversity inclusion agendas, as well as promoting sustainability and wellbeing.”

Course timetables at CU London are designed to fit around a person’s busy life, and Ginn added: “We are giving people who may have felt that the chance to get a degree has passed them by an opportunity to change their life. Smaller group sizes and more interactive learning methods also suit those students who may not enjoy lectures or exams.

“We know that people aren’t going to have the time to commit to regular hours of study and sometimes a person can’t wait until September to start a course. Students can enrol at any one of six start dates, so in term time, anyone thinking about starting University is never more than six weeks away from doing so.

“We are aiming to change lives and the progress we have made so far is just a start, the real impact of our offer is going to become really apparent over the coming years.”

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