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Discussions with the University for the Creative Arts

By March 31, 2016Education

I am delighted to let you know that OCA is considering joining with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), our validating higher education institution. With the support of the Trustees, I made an initial approach to UCA a few weeks ago, expressing our enthusiasm for building on the partnership that began in 2010.

The benefits

As two specialist creative arts organisations, we believe a closer relationship would enable OCA to reach more students, and would increase UCA’s capacity to offer distance learning in an increasingly competitive undergraduate and postgraduate marketplace.

Having worked with UCA for six years, we have been increasingly impressed with the benefits of partnership with them and we know they respect what we offer our students. We see this approach as the best way to develop the vision of our founder Michael Young. That is, to widen access to creative arts study at higher level and to further enhance the student experience.

What happens next?

Alan Cooke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCA is leading the exploratory process. Once this work is complete, a proposal will be developed for OCA’s Trustees to consider when they meet in June and for the UCA Board of Governors to review in July. Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, UCA’s Vice-Chancellor, and I have signed Heads of Terms, which set out in broad terms, the basis of the proposal. We will consult with the President and Committee of the OCA Students’ Association as the proposal develops and make further announcements when plans have been agreed.

If any students are concerned about any aspect of this announcement, please email us at enquiries@oca.ac.uk

Gareth Dent

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