Guests praise University Centre at grand unveiling
A UNIQUE learning centre in Grimsby – which is designed to keep talent in the town – has been praised for its high-class facilities at an opening banquet.
The Grimsby Institute's £23 million University Centre has been officially opened – and staff, governors and supporters came together to celebrate.
As reported, the hub at the Nun's Corner campus has been described as one of the "newest, most advanced educational facilities in the country."
Following a meal in the centre's atrium on Wednesday night, guests were treated to entertainment from the institute's Glee Club, before the chairman of governors, Phillip Jenkinson, took to the microphone to congratulate key figures involved in the project.
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He said: "We are already immensely proud of this facility, but what matters is what goes on inside it.
"It will enable many more of our higher education students to pursue their aspirations. People should be well aware of what it means to all of us and we should celebrate this success.
"It is a force for much good in Grimsby and the surrounding area."
Principal and chief executive Sue Middlehurst then addressed guests about how, despite other capital projects falling "by the wayside," the new University Centre has come to fruition.
She said: "Let's hope this is a turning point in people's lives and it encourages them to stay in Grimsby. We need the talent."
Before unveiling a plaque to mark the centre's opening, Professor Calie Pistorius, vice-chancellor of The University Of Hull – which accredits degrees at the institute – told guests it was a "privilege" to be invited to open the hub, along with the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Councillor Susan Pickett.
"The target was successfully met and in September the first students walked through the door," he said.
"We have supported the bid from the beginning and we have seen such a wonderful result of our partnership."
Lord Christopher Haskins, the chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Having the right skills in our local workforce is hugely important for the future of our economy, so developments like the University Centre are very welcome."
Amanda Rudolph, assistant principal at the Institute called the building "inspirational". She said: "I think it's really important that students in Grimsby and throughout the region understand the importance of higher education. It's about growing the aspirations and ambitions of our local community."
James Branney, head of the school for construction, said he thought the new centre was "amazing".
"It really gives the further education students something to aspire to and the higher education staff have said it has really boosted morale," he said.
Gem Newton, 24, who is currently studying for a BA in counselling at University Centre, said: "It's great that we've now got our own higher education facility. This is my second year at the institute and we've now moved over into the new centre, which is just a really relaxed environment and the facilities are all so easy to get to.
"It looks really modern from the outside and the library is now open 24 hours a day, which I'm sure I'll take advantage of."
Dan, 21, who is studying for a BA in commercial photography degree, said: "The new photography studios are just brilliant, all the equipment is brand new, and the quality of it is just amazing.
"It's really handy being able to study for a degree in Grimsby. I wanted to stay at home, so I don't have the expenses that are normally associated with going to university."