Gloucestershire College + UWE Bristol launch new education and business centre in Gloucester

Issue date: 28 October 2011

Alexandra Warehouse

Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol are hosting a lunchtime launch event on Friday 28 October 2011 to mark the opening of a brand new higher education and business centre located at the heart of the Gloucester Docks.

Guest of honour Diane Savory, Chair of GFirst, will officially launch the Alexandra Warehouse and talk to guests about her plans for the newly established Local Enterprise Partnership.

Greg Smith, Gloucestershire College Principal said, “This collaborative venture between Gloucestershire College, UWE Bristol and the University of Gloucestershire brings higher education and innovation to the heart of Gloucester. It also presents an exciting and unique proposition offering businesses and individuals an opportunity to gain access to higher education and specialist knowledge.”

“The purchase of the Alexandra Warehouse is part of the College's long term investment into Gloucestershire, supporting our mission statement 'Transforming lives, supporting business'. I believe the resources at the Alexandra Warehouse are a major development for the county of Gloucestershire and I welcome the views of our local stakeholders.”

The purchase of the building earlier this year enabled Gloucestershire College to create a dedicated HE centre in the city centre; meeting the needs of the local economy on a wider scale and providing Gloucestershire College with a separate learning environment for their HE students.

Alexandra Warehouse has been operating since September 2011 and houses across 7 floors:

  • UWE Bristol Nursing Degree students (across 3 floors)
  • Nexus (University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire College partnership, across 1 floor, including the Quays Creative Incubation Unit)
  • Gloucestershire College higher education courses
  • The Gloucestershire College Business Hub (across 1 floor)

UWE Bristol has three floors of the new HE centre on a 10 year lease to house their nursing degree courses.

Professor Helen Langton, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE Bristol said, “We are really excited to have moved to the Alexandra Warehouse and the benefits for current UWE Bristol nursing students. The building has been renovated to a high standard including enhanced clinical skills facilities and cutting-edge technology to enable our students to benefit from access to expertise from faculty staff and resources regardless of where in UWE Bristol they are based.

“The move to the centre of Gloucester also presents a number of exciting development opportunities for UWE Bristol – it means that we can build on the nursing programmes that we have established in the area, further developing our partnership with Gloucestershire College and increasing the range of professional health training options for students. The central location of Alexandra Warehouse and its close proximity to the NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire will also enable us to develop our relationships with NHS partners which will in turn, lead to a further enhanced student experience.”

Nexus, a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College, the Royal Agricultural College and UWE Bristol, is also located in the Alexandra Warehouse. Nexus aims to better align higher education programmes with the needs of local employers to improve their access to a skilled workforce.

Nexus also hosts the Quays Creative Incubation Unit which provides accommodation and support for creative start up businesses in the county. Dr Mary Mahoney, Director of Nexus, said “The location of Nexus in Alexandra Warehouse offers excellent opportunities for employers and enables their staff to access flexible HE programmes in a professional training environment.”

Last but not least, Gloucestershire College higher education courses, including Foundation Degrees, Business, ATT and Management courses now run from the centre, along with the College's business arm, the GC Business Hub.


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