UWE LAUNCHES NEW £16 MILLION FACULTY OF EDUCATION

Issue date: 05 December 2001


The new £16 million Faculty of Education building at UWE’s Frenchay Campus is to be officially opening on Friday 7 December by the University’s Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, DBE.

The building has been designed with a view to tomorrow’s learning environment. It features innovative facilities and technology including several plasma screens and digital projectors, state of the art IT suites, design and technology workshops, and art and science workshops. There are also video-recording facilities for those training in Careers Guidance, a learning resource centre and a children’s book collection.

In April this year UWE’s Faculty of Education received the maximum marks (24/24) – the highest possible rating – from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Their report commented on, amongst other things, the ‘exceptional commitment, enthusiasm and skill’ of lecturers in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Education was formerly based in Redland and staff moved into the new building on the Frenchay campus in the summer ready for the autumn intake of students.
In recognition of this it will be called the ‘New Redland’ building.

There are 30 teaching rooms, staff offices, meeting rooms for 120 staff and a café style refectory grouped around a central ‘street’ which also provides exhibition space.

The Dean of the Faculty Professor Joan Whitehead says staff and students are relishing the new facilities and that this can only have a positive effect on the experience of the students.

“We wanted to provide a high quality learning environment for new and existing teachers, an environment which symbolises the value we place on them as professionals. We believe it will help attract and retain new students and will encourage local teachers and other professionals throughout the region to take advantage of UWE’s Continuing Professional Development courses. However, it is the quality of the education we offer that really counts. The Faculty’s high standards have been recognised by the national QAA and OfSTED, and I believe the new building will enable us to enhance still further this achievement by providing a first-class resource for the University and for education in the area.”

Speaking about the new building at a recent meeting of Bristol MPs in the Houses of Parliament UWE Vice-Chancellor, Alfred Morris, said, “The UWE ‘Vision’ is of a ‘Learning Age’ in which disadvantage and social exclusion is overcome through the widening of educational opportunity … to that end UWE regards partnership with schools and teachers as being of paramount importance …. the ‘New Redland’ building is an outward and visible sign of the extent of that commitment….”


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Editor's notes

1. Official Launch/Photo opportunity: 1.00 pm, Friday 7 December, Faculty of Education, UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol. At 1.00 pm a plaque will be unveiled by the Chancellor of the University, the Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss. Among those expected to attend the launch are: Roger Berry MP; Jean Corston MP; Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Alfred Morris, UWE Vice-Chancellor; Professor Joan Whitehead, Dean of the Faculty of Education, UWE; Karen Morgan, Chairman Board of Governors, UWE. Other members of the Education Faculty will also attend.
2. The Chancellor of the University is The Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, DBE. Dame Elizabeth practised as a barrister specialising in family law before becoming a Registrar and later a High Court Judge. She chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry, the outcome of which has had a significant effect on social work practice. In 1988, Dame Elizabeth became Britain’s first woman Lord Justice of Appeal and a Privy Councillor and in 1999 was appointed President of the Family Division of the High Court.
3. A j peg image of the Faculty of Education building is available. Contact the Press Office below.
4. Every year the Faculty runs a series of events bringing local school children to the University for special sessions in science and other subjects. In addition in 2002 the Faculty will be hosting the annual Association for Science Education one-day conference.

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