Date of release: Thursday, November 6, 2014

University celebrates 20 years of partnership in MedwayThe University of Greenwich is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first students arriving at its Medway campus.

The shared campus at Chatham Maritime, an integral part of the Universities at Medway initiative, is now home to more than 10,000 students, studying a wide range of degree courses, including engineering, science, pharmacy, health and business programmes.

In 1994, in response to the education and skills needs of the area, the University of Greenwich first set up in Medway, initially focusing on science and engineering subjects, bringing higher education to the region for the first time.

Professor Martin Snowden, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: “Our success at Medway has been built upon the hard work of our staff and students. It’s also a tribute to the determination of key organisations to work in partnership with us on delivering a shared goal: improving Medway’s economic prosperity by enhancing the skills and training opportunities in the area.

“A big thank you must go to each and every one of the hundreds of organisations, large and small, that have worked with the university over the past 20 years.”

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) joined the university in 1996, followed by the nationally-renowned Wolfson Centre, experts in bulk materials handling.

Jointly run by the universities of Greenwich and Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy opened its doors to its first 80 students in 2004. Today it has more than 650 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students, runs a range of programmes for healthcare professionals, and has extensive laboratories and research facilities.

Last year it was voted the UK’s number one higher education institution for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, which is based on the views of more than 300,000 final-year students from across the UK.

Over the last two decades, the University of Greenwich at Medway has successfully developed many long-term and prestigious partnerships, including those with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer, Pilkington, the Medway NHS Trust, the Royal School of Military Engineering, and employers such as BAE Systems and Delphi.

Professor Snowden adds: “As well as providing excellent learning opportunities for our students, these partnerships are also playing a part in helping to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our planet, whether through science, research, engineering or healthcare.”

The University of Greenwich is also playing a leading role in the next chapter in Medway’s story – the Medway UTC (University Technical College). A new concept in secondary education, the £12 million UTC will specialise in teaching engineering and construction to students aged between 14 and 19.

The university is one of the sponsors, alongside MidKent College, Medway Council, BAE Systems and other local employers and partners. The college will provide a technically rich education for up to 600 students, and is due to open in September 2015.

The University of Greenwich, thanks to the work of its team in Greenwich Research & Enterprise, is in the top 10 of the UK’s universities for consultancy and research services and collaboration with business.

Based at the former HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks, built over a century ago, the university’s high-tech laboratories sit in splendid redbrick and ivy-clad Edwardian buildings. A state-of-the-art library and teaching centre are shared with the universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church, while Greenwich also has purpose-built student halls of residence on site.

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