Cash boost for college IT and campus facilities

Published: August 24, 2020

Telford College is to get a six-figure cash injection to improve its service to students by upgrading buildings and IT services.

The funding is part of a national programme announced by the Government to provide colleges with vital funds to revamp campuses.

Deputy principal Janet Stephens confirmed that Telford College had been allocated £880,831 to be spent in the current financial year on improving facilities.

She said: “We are delighted to have received this funding, which has come at a very opportune time.

“We have put together a blended learning timetable for the new academic year which will see students spending time both on and off site, and this will allow us to make further upgrades to our already expanding IT infrastructure.

“It will also contribute towards the costs of the physical changes we have had to make around our campus over the summer to ensure that we create a Covid-safe environment for everyone who is studying with us.”

She added: “Not only that, but this financial support will hopefully also be a significant boost to the local economy too, as we will be aiming to work with Shropshire contractors on some of these projects going forward.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We want to build a world-class further education system which delivers for the whole nation, and a key part of this is ensuring colleges are fit for the future – with better facilities and brand-new buildings.

“We want all students to continue to receive high-quality education and training, no matter where they grow up or what college they go to.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that colleges can support their students to gain the skills they need to progress and help the economy to recover and grow.”

David Hughes, chief executive of The Association of Colleges, added: “Colleges will be pleased to see their individual allocations as they prepare to provide training, skills and education to over two million young people and adults next year.”