Students from East Dene primary school were recently invited to University Centre Rotherham (UCR) for a site tour around the latest developments of the build, having the chance to learn more about health and safety, find out more about the history of Doncaster Gate and what the future now holds.
East Dene Year 5 and 6 students are currently working on a school project on the history of Rotherham, so a tour of UCR was a great opportunity to see how this particular area has changed and what the Centre will offer to future degree learners.
The tour was led by Alan Neal, Construction Manager, who showed the students how different machinery works and what equipment they use, which included a demonstration on construction and site safety.
Jana Checkley, Director of Higher Education and Skills also gave a talk on the courses UCR will offer and what future students will have the option to study. Jana said, “To see the students of East Dene Primary, the future of Rotherham, walk the halls in the UCR, a building for the future of Rotherham, is an incredible experience. Being able to share this very exciting development for Rotherham with potential future students was especially meaningful. The students were really keen to learn about how the building is coming together and what courses will be on offer.
“By 2020 we hope to offer 50 courses at UCR, with 1,000 additional students in our first five years. UCR will offer students access to expert teaching, degrees accredited by top universities and excellent links with industry. The plans for the future of UCR are for the future of Rotherham, and these students are at the forefront of what we are trying to achieve.”
Learners also had the opportunity to ask any questions about the build, get a feel for what equipment and materials are being used, as well as get involved in a group word search to see what they had learned from the tour.
Yvonne Spafford, Year 5 teacher from East Dene primary school said, “The visit to Rotherham University was a resounding success, from the minute we entered the site the children were engaged and eager to find out more. The staff onsite linked the visit to our history topic of ‘Through the Decades’ and had prepared information about the site. The generosity of staff was welcomed by both staff and children and we look forward to returning closer to completion.”
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