27 Oct Higher education returns to Beaconside Campus in Stafford
New Beacon Group have signed an agreement with University of Wolverhampton to deliver higher education courses at their Beaconside Campus in Stafford.
The Memorandum of Understanding acknowledges University of Wolverhampton’s plans to teach a range of degree level courses at the campus, including teaching and education, leadership and management, travel and tourism, hospitality, and computing. They will be taught, assessed and quality assured by the University of Wolverhampton.
The 50-acre campus was purchased by New Beacon Group in November last year, and they have since revealed their plans to transform it into an education and innovation hub, starting with a £1 million refurbishment of the Octagon building that will be the home of their new Higher Education Centre.
New Beacon Group aims to be a catalyst for international education in Staffordshire; recruiting students from China as well as locally. The agreement may also lead to staff and student exchanges between UK and China.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We’re delighted to be signing this agreement with the New Beacon Group and look forward to developing our relationship further over time.
“We see this as a great way to create educational opportunities for students both from China and locally in key curriculum areas. Beaconside has great facilities and I’m sure both students and staff will enjoy calling it home.
“We have been working within Stafford for a number of years now and we see this as a natural progression of our activity, particularly with the University’s own new Stafford centre due to open next month.
“We have also been very warmly received by partners in the county and we look forward to even closer relationships as we progress.”
Dr Kai Liu, Chief Executive of the New Beacon Group, said: “New Beacon Group is delighted to be working with the University of Wolverhampton at our Stafford Campus and we have a number of exciting programmes that will be delivered on the campus both at under and postgraduate levels.
“We see this as a significant development in redeveloping higher education in Stafford and are delighted with the progress and our exciting plans for the future both here and in China.”