Bangor University at Coleg Llandrillo

Jonathan Hughes, (BA Hons Hotel & Hospitality Management), John Hobson (Management of Travel & Tourism), Sara Kyle (BA Hons Hotel & Hospitality Management) with College Llandrillo Principal, Mr Huw Evans OBE and Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes.Jonathan Hughes, (BA Hons Hotel & Hospitality Management), John Hobson (Management of Travel & Tourism), Sara Kyle (BA Hons Hotel & Hospitality Management) with College Llandrillo Principal, Mr Huw Evans OBE and Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes.Over 400 new students have begun studying higher education courses at Coleg Llandrillo that will enable them to gain Bangor University degrees for the first time.

Over 20 programmes have been validated over the summer.  These include courses as varied as Foundation Degrees in Energy & Power Technologies, Digital Media and television production, Library & information Management  and Police Studies and  both Foundation and top up degrees in Sports Coaching and Retail Management, Deaf Studies and Management of Travel and Tourism, as well as Honours degrees in Management and Business and Hospitality and Management.

Bangor University, Vice Chancellor, Professor John Hughes and Registrar, Dr David Roberts of Bangor University visited the new ‘University Centre’ the Rhos-on-Sea Campus of Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (recently) along with College Principal, Mr Huw Evans OBE, to meet with students now following the higher education courses being validated by the University.  

The ‘University Centre’ will provide dedicated facilities for Coleg Llandrillo’s higher education students and strengthen its position as a local provider of quality degree courses.

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru Principal, Huw Evans, said: “The College is committed to supporting the local economy and providing enhanced opportunities for degree level progression. The Centre is an important step in that direction.”

Mr Huw Evans OBE; Bangor University Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes and Bangor University Registrar, Dr David RobertsMr Huw Evans OBE; Bangor University Vice Chancellor Prof John Hughes and Bangor University Registrar, Dr David RobertsVice Chancellor, Professor John Hughes said: “This close collaboration that we now have with Coleg Llandrillo is working well and is an example of how further and higher education institutions can work together for the benefit of the region.”

 John Hobson, who comes from Llandudno and is studying BA Hons in Managements of Travel & Tourism Management said : “As a mature student, it’s good to have the opportunity to study to degree level and gain a Bangor University degree at a local FE college.”

Following an agreement earlier this year,  Bangor University and Coleg Llandrillo Cymru  are working together to widen access to higher education, to develop much more systematic progression from further to higher education and to improve skills.

The new Partnership addresses the challenges set out in the Welsh Government's strategy for HE, 'For Our Future', to develop opportunities to support economic prosperity and social justice in the region.

In future, the business arms of each institution – the College’s “Business Point” and the University’s “Management Centre” – will also work together more closely and develop joint initiatives.

Publication date: 2 November 2011