Coventry University has appointed Professor Craig Gaskell as the founding provost for its new university campus in Scarborough, which it is developing next to the Weaponness park and ride site in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and a range of business and commercial partners.
Coventry University’s expansion into North Yorkshire forms part of a planned £45m education and sports facility. This also incorporates the newly launched University Technical College (UTC) Scarborough, which is looking to develop its operations at the site in the south west of the town centre.
The new £12m Coventry University campus will create around 100 jobs over the next three years and is due to open in September 2016, with enrolment for some courses beginning this autumn. The courses on offer at the Scarborough campus include law and policing, business, management and leadership, accounting and finance, science and engineering and health and social care.
Named ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ and ‘Modern University of the Year’ in the Times/Sunday Time Good University Guide 2015, Coventry has been rising steadily up the university league tables over the last few years.
Ian Dunn, deputy vice-chancellor at Coventry University, said: “We have been working for some time with Scarborough Borough Council and local and regional businesses to develop what will be the most exciting educational development of this type in the country. Bringing high-quality higher education to Scarborough is the start of a journey towards a full university in the town and means continuity of HE provision and then significant growth for learners and skilled local people to fill the surge in new jobs planned in the borough.”
Councilor Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said: “We’re extremely pleased that the new campus will welcome its very first students from this September. It signals the start of a new standard of excellence in higher education for the borough. Backed by local businesses that are committed to raising the skills levels of the employees of the future, the campus will be a fundamental part of the growth of the area’s economy from now on. Professor Gaskell’s appointment is fantastic news. He shares the vision of all the partners involved, who look forward to working with him to deliver Coventry University Scarborough campus.”