University's backing for land-based courses gives boost to college

THE rural economy in the East Riding has been boosted by Hull University agreeing to validate the land-based undergraduate courses at Bishop Burton College, near Beverley.

The move covers Foundation and Honours degrees such as Countryside Management and Equine Studies, therefore enhancing the college's appeal to prospective students and those already working in the agricultural sector. Geoff Kerr, principal of Bishop Burton College, said: "This is an important development for the East Riding and the region.

"Competition to attract the best students to the area is tough and our Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Hull, linked to our excellent reputation, will give us a significant advantage over many other educational institutions.

"Rural enterprise is a key driver of the local economy and it is important that we continue to attract new managerial talent to Bishop Burton College, particularly given the significant and exciting challenges that lie ahead for rural regeneration."

The vice-chancellor of the University of Hull, Professor David Drewry, said: "Bishop Burton College is an important local partner that continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to be working with Geoff and his team. The college's land-based courses are excellent."

Bishop Burton College is the only land-based college in the country to have been awarded Beacon Status. The Government awards this quality mark exclusively to colleges that are outstanding examples to others through their teaching, learning and quality.