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UCA signs Creative Business Partnership Agreement offering creative career routes to local students

We are pleased to announce that we have signed a Creative Business Partnership agreement with East Surrey College (ESC), increasing access to creative education and supporting students’ progression into creative careers. 

The Partnership with ESC – which is also home to the Reigate School of Art – will provide students with the opportunity to progress on to study at UCA and access its diverse range of subject areas, as well as courses within its Business School for the Creative Industries.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “This new and exciting agreement emphasises our commitment to increasing opportunities and equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the creative sector. 

“Skills that can be developed and honed through a creative education, such as problem solving, innovation and creativity, are in increasing demand in the modern workplace. Our Partnership with East Surrey College will enable more students to benefit from a creative education, and to learn to apply their creative skillset to a range of disciplines, industries and businesses.”

As part of the signed agreement, UCA will also work with the College to deliver a series of events, focussed on career opportunities, specialist lectures and Higher Education study. A Summer School for GCSE leavers and pre-Foundation Art students within the local community will also be organised by the two institutions. 

Jayne Dickinson, Principal and Chief Executive at East Surrey College commented: “We are delighted to be working more closely with the University for the Creative Arts, and the opportunities that it affords our students.

“It is pleasing to receive the recognition of such a prestigious University focusing on the creative industries, as we are both well-known for the delivery of high quality teaching and learning.

“Our students have a unique opportunity of continuing their studies at such an important creative University.”

A leading specialist university for the creative industries, UCA is ranked in the top 10 in three of the Guardian University Guide’s subject listings: Fashion & Textiles; Film Production & Photography; and Architecture. Its bespoke Business School for the Creative Industries builds on the University’s long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.

 Creative Business Partnership Agreement signing

Image (from left): Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, and Andrew Baird, Chair of Governors at East Surrey College.