Norwich college bids for new powers

Students are being urged to back plans for a college to have the power to award its own degrees.

City College Norwich is in the process of applying for degree awarding powers (DAP) which would enable the college to award its own bachelor and foundation degrees.

If successful, it would mean that from September 2013 students could apply for new degree courses designed and developed by the Ipswich Road college.

At the moment, the college's degrees are awarded by the University of East Anglia.

Dick Palmer, college principal, said: 'Our application for degree awarding powers is an exciting and important step for City College Norwich, but most importantly for the future development of world class vocational higher education in the region.

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'The ability to develop and award degrees would place the college in an even better position to provide vocational higher education that is flexible and responsive to the higher skills needs of employers.'

City College Norwich has been delivering higher education since 1892 and has worked with a number of validating partners including Anglia Ruskin University, formerly Anglia Polytechnic University, and, since 2004, the UEA.

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Currently there are more than 1,500 studying at the college with subjects ranging from hospitality to engineering.

The proposed changes will only apply to new qualifications which will be designed to meet changing vocational skills needs.

As part of its bid, the college is asking its partners and current, former and prospective students to support the application.

Mr Palmer added: 'We have received a very positive response to our degree awarding powers bid, including from UEA. We discussed our application with UEA beforehand and we are delighted to have their full backing for the proposal.

'This bid is not about competing with UEA's offer but complementing it and ultimately offering a wider range of higher education provision in Norfolk.'

City College Norwich intends to make its application for DAP next month.

To give your views, complete a survey on the college's website or write to Degree Awarding Powers Bid, c/o the HE Office, City College Norwich , Ipswich road Norwich NR2 2LJ

Are you helping to improve learning opportunities for young people? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email

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