A TIE-UP between the Isle of Man College and the University of Chester means local students will be able to study for a wider range of courses without leaving the Island.
The Isle of Man College, on Homefield Road in Douglas, became an Associate College of the university last Thursday (April 1).
The accreditation follows an inspection of the college conducted by senior officials from the university and comes after a successful 10-year partnership between the two learning centres that initially saw degree courses offered in public health and, over time, expanded into other areas.
Professor Ronald Barr, deputy principal of the Isle of Man College, said: “The Associate College status brings us an even closer and more collaborative relationship with the university and this new relationship will give local people further opportunities to study for a range of University of Chester degrees without leaving the Island.
“This new status reflects the university’s confidence that the college has the staff and resources to deliver both full and foundation degree programmes to the required UK standard.”