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Multi-million pound education investment for Rotherham

posted 16 Jan 2012, 07:49 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 16 Jan 2012, 07:50 ]
RCAT is celebrating after being awarded a £1 million grant for campus development, making it the only college in the region to receive such funding.
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology is one of 46 colleges nationally to be successful in the Enhanced Renewal Grant awarded by the Skills Funding Agency.

With additional funding from the College, a £3m transformation of the Town Centre campus will be complete for September this year, adding to the facilities provided by the new £7m Wentworth Building which opened in 2011.

Gill Alton, Chief Executive and Principal of Rotheram College of Arts and Technology said: “This is fantastic news for the College, for our students and for Rotherham. It will be exciting to see the developments take place and to watch the College transform. We have some excellent plans in place to improve the College experience for our students.”
The new improvement plans will add further to the already highly-equipped Engineering Department and transform the facilities for science teaching. There will also be new hair, beauty and nail salons and a development of the College’s Learning Support and Foundation Learning facilities.
Chair of Corporation at Rotherham College, Kenneth Barrass said: “The Board are delighted with the news that the College has been successful in receiving the grant from the SFA. This additional development will ensure that the standard of student provision is maintained at the highest level possible.”

The College was one of 129 applications that were put forward for the bid to help fund improvements and modernisation of facilities. As part of the criteria, bids needed to show that projects would achieve high levels of environmental performance and demonstrate a high standard of design and learning environment. 
The Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency, Geoff Russell said: “The standard of bids received was extremely high and we are pleased that some of the most innovative projects have been chosen with the result that more young people, adults and employers will benefit from up-to-date, inspiring learning facilities.”

Source RCAT website