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University say Edge Hotel School courses will continue after partner pulls out
4:02pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A COMPANY is to pull out of providing hospitality courses at the revamped Wivenhoe House Hotel.
Working with the university and independent educational charity the Edge Foundation, education Kaplan provider started offering students a two year BA honours degree in hospitality management.
The aim was to create a world-leading centre of excellence in the hospitality industry, with the Grade II listed Wivenhoe Park Hotel becoming the classroom for students.
But changes in Government funding rules has led the company to withdraw after just one year.
From August next year, students taking higher education programmes led by alternative providers will only be entitled to a £6,000 loan towards their £9,000 fees.
Currently, they get the full £9,000.
Essex University is to set up a new charitable body to fill the void, and has insisted current and future students will not be affected.
In a joint statement, Essex University and Kaplan said: “After detailed consideration, Kaplan has confirmed that the new rules will restrict its ability to develop the school as intended and deliver the degree courses on a commercially sustainable basis.
“As a result new arrangements are being developed to deliver the School’s unique model of learning by doing through a new charitable body, with the validation and awarding of degrees to continue through the University of Essex.
“All the partners are proud of the achievements of the School and its students in its first year, and remain committed to its development and growth, and ensuring current and future students will continue to benefit from this ground breaking programme.”
It is likely academic and support staff will transfer from Kaplan to the new arrangements.
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