First students say new campus is "great"
11th September 2009 1:52pm - Return to press releases
The first students to study at East Riding College's new Bridlington campus have said how impressed they are with the striking new building.
Hundreds of people of all ages have just completed their induction week at the campus in St Mary's Walk, giving them an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the building and with life at the College.
Ryan Linley (pictured right), 18, from Bridlington, who is studying a marine engineering course, said: "The College has state-of-the-art equipment and there is a good sized workshop. The classrooms are also great, with faster IT equipment."
Hairdressing student Michaela Meenaghan, 17, from Driffield, said: "The new campus is a lot more modern and it makes people want to come here for the better facilities. It's a nice environment to learn in."
Jamie Loughran, 26, from Bridlington, an IT student, said: "This really is a step forward for Bridlington and is moving the town into the future."
Principal Derek Branton said: "The new campus is a tremendous asset to the College and Bridlington. I am delighted to see it so busy with students and staff taking advantage of the new facilities.
"Without doubt East Riding College now has some of the best further education facilities in the country which will have such a positive impact on enhancing the learning opportunities for our students while adding to their enjoyment of their time at the College."
Mark Powell, project manager for Wates Construction, said: "All the hard work over the last year has really paid off when you see the fantastic new campus come to life with students.
"The construction of a new educational facility goes beyond just bricks and mortar; the new building will enhance learning and the quality of life for all its users.
"We have really enjoyed working on the project and hope that during our time here we have inspired students to become future construction industry professionals."
Induction week has been taking place at both of the College's main campuses, in Bridlington and Beverley. Attractions included professional bhangra dancers who put on two shows on each of two days, plus stalls on subjects such as anti-bullying, volunteering, recycling, sport, the armed forces and the uniformed services. Also present were Kristina Grimes from The Apprentice, the NHS and Connexions.
Tracey Heywood, the College's enrichment officer, who organised the events, said: "Induction week has gone really well and the students are acclimatising well to life at East Riding College.
"The College is really busy and there's a lot of excitement from students who are entering their first year of further education."
There is still time to enrol on East Riding College's full-time, part-time and higher education courses. For more information or to request a course guide, call 0845 120 0037 or visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk, where or can request or download course guides.
Notes to editors:
Photographs are available of the new Bridlington campus and of induction week at the Beverley and Bridlington campuses. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org