University Centre Colchester announces new partnership with UEA


University Centre Colchester is pleased to announce an exciting new academic partnership with the internationally renowned, University of East Anglia (UEA). UEA is ranked consistently in the top 15 in the country and students entering onto selected degree programmes from as early as September 2019 will be working towards degrees and awards validated by UEA.

Professor Neil Ward, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) at UEA, said: “UEA is delighted that University Centre Colchester is joining our established network of academic partners and we look forward to the College’s first students studying towards UEA awards starting in September 2019. This new partnership reinforces UEA’s commitment to higher education in our region and we are excited to be working with UCC to support the further development of its provision.”

Colchester Institute’s Principal and Chief Executive, Alison Andreas is looking forward to working in partnership with the University of East Anglia, saying, “We have had a very positive partnership arrangement with the University of Essex for many years, but their strategic priorities are now more focused on international partnerships. We really look forward to building a new partnership with UEA, whose high quality is renowned, nationally, and who focus, as we do, on degrees and awards that genuinely enhance graduates’ career prospects.

Dean of Higher Education at UCC, Nils Franke said: “UEA enjoys an excellent reputation for its high quality academic provision and dynamic working relationships with other institutions. I regard the new partnership as a significant contributory factor to programme innovation and development in pedagogical practice at UCC.”

Musical Theatre student, Laura Joseph was on the validation panel and was pleased to contribute, commenting: “I’d be really happy if I was looking for a degree and saw that University of East Anglia was the validation partner. I really enjoyed being on the panel, I learnt so much and it was great to have an input”.

The partnership between UEA and UCC starts with the launch of a new course for September 2019, a BSc Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical).

Since 2006, Colchester Institute has worked with the University of Essex and over the past 12 years, some 6,000 students will have graduated from University Centre Colchester with University of Essex degrees. Students enrolling in September 2019 may be on either a UEA or a University of Essex degree depending on the discipline, but from 2020, there will be no further enrolments to Essex awards