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Coventry University plugs higher education gap by building courses that meet needs of the local economy
Action and Impact
North Yorkshire has a higher education skills gap, with just 23.3% of people holding an NVQ Level 4 qualification or above, compared with a national area average of 34.4%. It is also an area of low social mobility, ranked 312 out of 324 districts in the UK’s social mobility index.
In response to this situation, Coventry University opened a campus in Scarborough to address the employment and skills needs of the Yorkshire coast. This centre also attracts students from the wider region and beyond.
Listening to the area’s needs, almost 70% of the students are from Scarborough, the University has built programmes with local stakeholders. For example, it has brought back nursing training after 23 years and delivers a range of flexible degree programmes to those who would not normally seek them and co-designing course with local employers.
“We’re proud that 83% of our graduates are in higher-skilled occupations six months after graduation,” says Professor John Latham, the University’s vice-chancellor and chief executive. “Our model of ‘life-shaped learning’ demonstrates how working with and within the community creates conditions in which it is easy for students to engage with learning.”