Myerscough College and University Centre has been awarded STEM Assured status.
Launched in 2010, STEM Assured is the only standard that provides independent, industry-backed validation of the quality of an institution’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics provision. It is an outcome-based standard that provides a powerful catalyst for helping educational institutions forge new partnerships and create new revenue stream opportunities.
To achieve the STEM Assured status, education providers are assessed against a robust framework that benchmarks their capability to design and deliver STEM courses that keep pace with emerging technology and the evolving needs of employers.
Achieving the STEM Assured Award means that Myerscough can demonstrate a number of key benchmarks:
*STEM provision is consistently of a high quality, and is aligned with current and anticipated industry workforce requirements for knowledge, skills and competencies.
*Provision offers a multi-disciplinary context to students to reflect real-world needs and industrial settings and scenarios.
*Employability and related transferrable skills are embedded into the curriculum and reflect our students’ journeys;
*A commitment to continual improvement and innovation in its STEM-related provision, to ensure that it keeps pace with rapid advances in technology and changing jobs markets and profiles;
*Clear engagement processes with employers and key stakeholders within its ecosystem.
The STEM Assured status will last three years and we will have annual monitoring and support as part of a process of continual improvement in STEM activities.
Alison Robinson, Chief Executive and Principal, said: ‘’This has been a wonderful celebration of who we are and what we do following 18 months of hard work.
‘’The external panel of four STEM experts from university and industry met members of the Senior Leadership Team, curriculum managers, a wider group of staff, students, employers and other external partners to listen to the work we do.
‘’The panel were delighted to inform us that we met all of the criteria for accreditation and our submission was marked up in one category and we were cited as Best Practice in the 'Collaboration and Consultation' category.
‘’The accreditation is a fantastic testimony to the leadership of Jackie Hough (Careers Leader, T Level Project Lead, Industry Placements and Careers Manager) who has taken us through this process step-by-step. In addition, a very big thank you must go to all of the managers and curriculum teams who have worked hard in submitting these proposals.
‘’Everyone who supported us did a fantastic job and did themselves and the College proud.
‘’Ultimately though it is every member of staff teaching and supporting STEM delivery, research, farming operations, commercial operations, and employer engagement across our land based, science, engineering, and sports sectors who deserves credit too - the whole Myerscough team has supported our long journey to being a STEM Assured college.’’