December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A Norfolk-based vocational college today celebrates a year since forming a partnership with a counterpart in Suffolk.
A year on from the formation of Easton and Otley College, when Easton College teamed up with Otley College, north of Ipswich, both institutions are undergoing transformations brought about by heavy investment.
The Easton campus invited TV vet Steve Leonard to unveil a new animal studies building in April, while the Otley campus has recently opened new horticultural gardens and is in the middle of a £3m update that will see new areas for agriculture, animal studies and horticulture take shape.
Reflecting on the college’s first year, principal David Lawrence said: “The investment at both campuses shows that we mean business when it comes to delivering on our promise of supporting students – in the land-based and other sectors – across both counties and beyond, by providing an excellent place of study to industries that need our support.”
Under the partnership, the new college supports about 5,000 students, making it the fifth largest land-based college in the country.
Mr Lawrence added: “We are now collectively one of the largest employers in this region. By being able to pool our resources, we have been able to become a place with more expertise. The collective working relationship we have developed has definitely added to what we can offer students and industry.
“Now is a busy time for us – we have open events and we are looking forward to welcoming students, both new and old, back to Easton and Otley at the start of September.”
Mr Lawrence thanked supporters, staff and students for the progress in the college’s first 12 months, adding: “We can’t wait for our second year to begin.”