UCNL, Phase 1 completed and ready for students

Month: May 2020

Britcon Limited have been working flat out over the summer to convert the former council head office into Scunthorpe’s very own University campus.

The facilities are being redeveloped in two phases, phase 1 sees the ground floor and first two floors fully converted. Comprising of lecture theatre, Learning Resource

Centre, bespoke classrooms, IT centre, student break out spaces including Starbucks and Alongside these recognisable areas, the contractors have also been installing essential backroom maintenance areas, fire escapes that have been sympathetically installed to the Grade 2 listed building requirements.

Jake Berry MP, Local Growth Minister said, “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine and ensuring every community has the support and investment it needs to flourish as we prepare to leave the EU on 31st October.

“Thanks to £2.3 million of Government support from the Local Growth Fund, students in Scunthorpe will benefit from state of the art facilities including new lecture theatres, study areas and a new IT centre. This investment forms part of £7.3 million of Local Growth Fund support to build skills in the Greater Lincolnshire area – ensuring that students and apprentices across the region receive the high quality tuition they need to flourish and compete in the global economy.”

Phase 2, set to be completed in Summer 2020, will see the remaining two floors converted into additional study spaces, digital, engineering and construction laboratories and a state of the art conference suite.

New windows and essential roofing improvements have also been made to keep the building watertight for the future, along with a new heating system to ensure occupants are comfortable.

Les Kirk, Head of Capital Project at DN Colleges Group said: “It’s been an honour to be involved in this project. My family have a long standing relationship with the building, having worked in local government, so to be able to be a pivotal member of the team during the renovations has been rewarding.”

Mick Lochran, Principal and CEO of DN Colleges Group said: “We’ve already seen a dramatic increase in local people enquiring about Higher Education programmes through the UCNL in recent months. As a project we knew the location would stimulate interest from the public, especially as the programmes we are offering reflect local and national industry needs. This strong focus on employment means that people can now study locally to gain a Higher Level Qualification that will support them to get their first job, be promoted or to change their career.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “After transforming the former Civic Centre building with the help of Government funding, seeing the first students start at the University Campus North Lincolnshire is a milestone moment for our area. The UCNL will have a profound effect on shaping the future of North

Lincolnshire, encouraging our young people to achieve their full potential, and supporting local businesses with the higher level skills they need for growth.”

Ursula Lidbetter OBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP said, “It’s very exciting to see progress being made on this new university campus for Scunthorpe.

“University Campus North Lincolnshire will raise aspirations among young people in the area and support local businesses as they look to recruit employees with higher level skills.  It will have a tremendous impact on education in North Lincolnshire in response to the needs of employers and we’re delighted to see the first students enrolled and ready to learn!”

The UCNL has supported local industry through the renovation, with local firm Theaker Joinery winning the bid to recommission the windows, Pogson Decorators led on the painting and decorating and Britcon to lead on the project overall.

Julian Free, Deputy Vice Chancellor of People Services and Operations at the University of Lincoln said: “It is fantastic to see this facility opening and students beginning to arrive.  The University is looking forward to working with DN Colleges Group and local employers to expand the University’s provision and the number of students taking advantage of the programmes the University offers at UCNL.”

New programmes have been launched at the UCNL including a Master’s level course and a HNC Level 4 in Hospitality and Management.  Those hoping to start a Higher Education programme and employers looking to upskill their staff are asked to contact the UCNL team on 01724 294125.


UCNL Students Volunteer in Ghana

Month: May 2020

The first-ever University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL) excursion enabled students to experience another culture and education system, observe and teach classes, as well as help with the building of a new canteen in a local school. The students spent the first night in a guest house in Accra and the rest of the time in the volunteers’ house in the rural village of Woe in the Volta District.

UCNL student Serena Distefano, spoke about her experiences and said, “I will definitely be more grateful for the privileges I have in the UK education system. The people and the children I met were so happy and had amazing spirits, nothing was ever an issue, I will remember how resilient and happy they were and try to foster this attitude more towards my studies and career.”

The group also took a suitcase containing prosthetic limbs as part of the plan for the Charity, Legs4Africa. It contained prosthetic legs for children in need and was collected from the guest house in Accra by Nsawam Orthopaedic Training Centre. They are then given to children who have lost limbs through road traffic accidents and deformities at birth.

Gillian Reid (UCNL Head of Department Health Life and Social Science) said,”It was an amazing week with so many mixed emotions for all of us. I am so proud of all the students who went, they embraced every moment no matter what was thrown at us. They developed great team working skills, supporting each other from start to finish. They experienced communication with children and adults where English is not the first language, and they communicated with each other working together to solve problems.

“They observed and developed their teaching skills, reflecting in action, having to think on their feet. Some also tried their hand at building and painting the new canteen with the £1400 raised through donations from staff, friends and from the community at Grimsby Mosque.

“We fell in love with Ghana, the culture, the people, especially the children, who despite having nothing had so much love to give and were so happy. Every one of us left a piece of our heart in Ghana and brought a piece of Ghana home. Each student who went can’t wait to go back in 2021.”

UCNL have already got plans for their students to participate in another project in Morocco July 2020, where they plan to work with children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and children with special educational needs and disabilities.

For further information about studying Higher Education locally, contact UCNL direct on 01724 294125 or email


Children’s University Inspires Science Enthusiasts at its Annual Fair

Month: May 2020

Children’s University aims to engage children from the age of 5 up to 14, providing them with opportunities to get involved in exciting, interactive and voluntary learning activities in and outside of normal school hours.

The Science Fair itself delivered over 60 activities, each with a unique science focus for children of all ages to get involved with.  The UCNL students created their own experiments as part of their graded assessment, which involved them teaching others how to accomplish their task which included walking on eggs, making slime, heart dissections, skittles rainbows, exploding volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, lemon batteries and parachute making.

Zak Barton (10) said, “I’ve really enjoyed the Science Fair and it is really fun experimenting on different things.  I have learnt that you can make fake snow without using chemicals; I also learnt that if you put a see through straw in oil, you can’t see it. I definitely want to come back again.”

Higher Education student, Josh Blake (FdA Children’s, Learning and Development (Learning Support) said, “It has gone down really well with the children, they have had a lot of varied activities to get involved with.  I feel this event has given me a good insight into teaching different ages and abilities.  I’ve loved it, it’s been really good fun.”

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