THE University of Chester is forging links with York St John University and Canterbury Christ Church University.
All three have signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signalling future collaborative links between the institutions.
The MOU sets out to unite the three institutions on the basis of common foundations, resonance between institutional values and missions, and similarities of locations.
It is anticipated that the MOU will encourage mutually beneficial relationships through the sharing of expertise and knowledge in the dimensions of widening participation, flexible learning and employer engagement, with further developed collaboration between the universities and business.
The agreement will also provide opportunities for the sharing of resources in order to benefit institutional reputations and to facilitate the national and international delivery of new qualifications and programmes.
The three-way partnership forms the basis of a long term strategic relationship between the institutions, who all share common values as church foundation universities.
Based in walled cities and steeped in history, each institution brings a rich dimension to the new relationship while maintaining their own identity.
The relationship has been fostered by several members of York St John University, including Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Stuart Billingham and Jessica Grant, Director of Higher York.
Professor Wheeler, Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester and also Chair of the Cathedrals Group (Council of Church Colleges and Universities,) added: “Chester has historically enjoyed a close working relationship with York St John and Canterbury Christ Church.
“The MOU serves to demonstrate that by harnessing the ‘power of three’ we can use our similarities to complement our individual distinctiveness and pursue such tangible benefits as:
“Creating a recognised career structure for the voluntary and community sectors and development opportunities for those entering the Ministry; fostering work-based learning; establishing more global projects; providing jointly accredited qualifications and investigating the scope for more Strategically Important and Vulnerable subjects (SIVs,) such as certain languages and science, technology, engineering and maths, to be offered at our institutions.”
The signing ceremony took place at York St John University in the presence of executives from each of the partner institutions.
Following the formal signing, documentation was exchanged and plans were put in place for future co-operation between the three institutions.
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