STEM Foundation

Runshaw College Achieves the STEM Assured Standard

August 2019
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Runshaw College a further and higher education provider in Lancashire achieves the prestigious STEM Assured® – an accreditation standard conducted by the UK STEM Foundation.

 
 

The STEM Assured® standard provides an integrated approach to benchmarking and validating the quality of STEM provision by a college, academy or school. The process includes an independent visiting panel that assesses the overall strategic commitment to the STEM provision, interviews staff, students and local employers. Industry leaders also contribute to the assessment process.

Around 5000 of the college’s 8000 students are on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes.

 
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Runshaw College has recently published its STEM Manifesto, which highlights the college’s role in developing the Prime Capabilities that underpin the Northern Powerhouse by providing wide-ranging academic and technical programmes including A-levels, foundation degrees and access to degree courses covering disciplines such as medical and veterinary sciences, mechanical engineering and manufacture, and digital technologies. The college works with approximately 250 employers for the delivery of apprenticeships.


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The college’s recent infrastructure investment that included establishing a Science and Engineering Innovation Centre with up-to-date equipment and facilities, demonstrates its pledge to support the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework to drive regional growth through targeted capability development.
 
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STEM Foundation   Simon Partington, Runshaw College's Principal and Chief Executive said:

"As one of the biggest and most successful providers of post-16 STEM education and training in England, we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded STEM Assured status. The achievement of this important award demonstrates that Runshaw College is a fantastic place to learn 21st Century skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our STEM students and apprentices are very highly sought after by universities and employers and I am therefore extremely pleased that the magnificent achievements and dedication of our staff and students have been recognised by this well-deserved STEM Assured accreditation.”


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  Prof Sa’ad Medhat, Chief Executive of the STEM Foundation said:

“Runshaw College presents a great example of a college’s pledge to support and foster a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise in STEM. The college’s commitment to offer an outstanding student experiences, underpinned by continued investment in facilities and teaching staff, is demonstrable through the many successes of its students and apprentices. Through its ongoing horizon-scanning of economic and technical skills needs, especially around the emergence of new technologies and practices, the college is developing provision that will support the industries of tomorrow. Its recent designation as a Centre of Excellence for Mathematics in the region, and its determination to develop a local reputation for the effective use of technology to aid learning and business efficiency, are clear indicators of the college’s leadership pledge to provide a quality teaching and learning environment. So, many congratulations to Runshaw College’s staff and students on achieving the STEM Assured standard and award.”

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