Left to right (main image): Professor Paul Hayes, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience); Martin Simmons (SCH), Barb Coulson (SCH), Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor; Tim Jackson (SCH)
We recently made further investment in our Higher Education facilities by creating a dedicated learning space for degree level students. The senior team from the University of Portsmouth, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Hayes, gave this additional investment their endorsement when they were given the Sparsholt College Higher Education experience during a recent visit to the campus.
The University validates all of the Foundation, Honours and Master’s Degrees offered at Sparsholt College which have been designed and are delivered to meet the challenges and demands of the land and environment industries.
Commenting on the success of the partnership with the University of Portsmouth, Sparsholt Principal Tim Jackson said: “We recently had a very successful review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the Ofsted equivalent for Higher Education, which identified six areas of Good Practice. I am equally proud of our National Student Survey results which show the ratings from our HE students are among the best of all the colleges of our type in the country.”
Professors Galbraith and Hayes were particularly interested in the College’s new Higher Education Study Centre which is a dedicated building for the campus’ Foundation, Honours and Master’s students. This study retreat offers computer facilities, mentoring rooms and a lounge. During the tour, Vice-Chancellor Galbraith said: “Sparsholt College is a very important long-term partner of the University of Portsmouth. I am delighted that we are able to support the growing range and quality of Higher Education provision at the College and the resulting increased access to Higher Education that this facilitates.”
Higher Education students at Sparsholt learn from some of the countries leading experts in specialist areas such as Animal and Zoo Management; Arboriculture, Forestry and Woodland Management; Conservation, Countryside and the Environment; Equine Studies; Fishery Studies and Aquatics; Horticulture; and Veterinary Nursing. Two new Master’s have been added to the programme, MSc Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries and MSc Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training, where research pushes the boundaries of knowledge.