Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 17-03-2016

Rebrand for Isle of Man College

by LC

Rebrand for Isle of Man College

From the 1st of April, the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education will be known as University College Isle of Man (UCM).

A new College Principal is in the process of being recruited.

The rebranding is a key part of the College's plans to grow its Higher Education course offerings, with 16 courses currently on offer and degree level options available through its relationship with the University of Chester.

Tim Crookall MLC, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘As the Isle of Man continues to grow and diversify its economy, it’s important it has a suitably skilled workforce to meet the requirements of employers.

‘Studying on-Island offers many advantages. As well as the obvious family and financial advantages, students can forge links with employers that later lead to full-time posts and the Island’s economy can tap into the research students are carrying out.

‘The rebranding of the College therefore supports one of the Isle of Man Government’s main strategic objectives – that we offer high-quality education and skills training that supports both personal and economic growth.’

Professor Ronald Barr, Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education and Children, said: ‘The College has offered degree courses on the Isle of Man through the University of Chester since 1996.

‘Under the UCM banner, it will continue to provide opportunities to everyone in the community, accommodating secondary school students attending for vocational options, school leavers, those supported through courses by employers – for example those learning a trade – and those taking exam and recreational courses in their leisure time.

‘The change to UCM encapsulates the desire to provide a first-rate institution that promotes the social and economic inclusion of the whole community.’

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