High quality teaching and learning at a Barrow college has been recognised with a silver award for higher education.
Furness College achieved the award for "consistently exceeding" rigorous national quality requirements under the new Teaching Excellence Framework.
It scored an excellent rating for ensuring students go into highly-skilled employment after their studies and for the academic support it offers.
Jo Anson, Furness College's director of curriculum for higher education, said: “These awards are about ensuring that our students get the very best education they can to help them meet their career goals.
“It’s particularly pleasing to see the excellent scores for the academic support we offer and the students progressing to highly-skilled employment.
“We are seeing increasing numbers of students in this area progressing to higher education to move up the career ladder and the advantage of our provision is that you can achieve a university-accredited degree here in Barrow without having to travel.”
A panel of experts looked at the range of courses offered at the Channelside campus – from HNC and Foundation degrees to full Honours degrees – to rate the teaching quality, learning environment and outcomes for students.
Principal and chief executive Andrew Wren said: “It is fantastic that the higher education provision we offer at Furness College has been recognised nationally after thorough assessment by experts including academics, students and employer representatives.
“This is testament to the work that has been put in by staff to ensure the ongoing quality of our higher education programmes to meet the needs of our students and the future workforce.”
The University of Cumbria received a Bronze award.
The TEF results and the evidence used in the assessment can be found at www.hefce.ac.uk
Click here to find out more about higher education at Furness College.