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UCA Rochester welcomes MP Kelly Tolhurst to campus

Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst, has visited our Rochester campus to discover more about our contribution to art and design education in the Medway area. Hosted by UCA’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr and Executive Dean Mark Little, Ms Tolhurst had a tour of our Fashion, Further Education and Jewellery studios on campus, to learn more about the facilities available to our students and the work they create with us.

Rochester MP visit

Whilst on a tour of our Rochester Fashion school, Ms Tolhurst met Lily Dudley, a final year Fashion Textiles: Print student who’s currently working on her final collection ready for Graduate Fashion Week this summer, and chatted to a pair of Fashion Media & Promotion students coordinating a photo shoot.

Ms Tolhurst also chatted to our Further Education Course Leader at Rochester, Chris Wraith. She learned of our provision of art education for students aged 14 and over through art and design Saturday clubs, which we host on campus.

Speaking of her visit, the local MP said: “I was particularly interested to hear about the internal progression opportunities for the students at UCA Rochester – a large number of students on the pre-degree qualifications like the Foundation Diploma are from the Rochester and Medway area, and they have the chance to stay on and complete their undergraduate and postgraduate studies with UCA too.

“The quality of student work I saw on my visit really impressed me,” continued Ms Tolhurst. “The campus is such a creative community and it’s clear that they have a lot of freedom to explore their own ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with staff and students from UCA Rochester and look forward to returning to see the final projects and collections of the students graduating later this summer at the campus’ graduation show. 

Rochester MP visit

You can find out more about our Rochester campus here. You can also discover more information about our Internal Progression Scheme, which helps our pre-degree students progress to an undergraduate course with us, here.