Students at Riseholme College benefit from studying at its new £24.5million Showground Campus.
The £13million first phase of the development opened in September 2015 and includes the main campus building, with flexible teaching spaces, modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and canteen, as well as three huge engineering workshops housing the latest equipment and an industry standard Animal Management Unit, which is home to more than 100 animals.
The £11.5million second phase of the campus opened in September 2016 and includes the Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre, incorporating specialist laboratories and food science facilities, and the Sports and Health Science Centre, which includes a fully equipped fitness suite, Olympic-standard mixed use sports hall and flood-lit, all-weather pitch.
Phase two of the Showground Campus, supported by £7.5million of Government funding secured by the Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has enabled the College to launch new courses in subjects including Food, Sport, Childcare, Public Services and Tourism.
Chief Executive and Principal, Jeanette Dawson OBE, said: “Students at Riseholme College benefit from studying at both the new state-of-the-art Showground Campus and the historic facilities down the road at Riseholme Park, including the farm and Equine Centre.
“Significantly, the opening of phase two has provided the College with the platform to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the county’s population and address a skills gap in Lincolnshire and beyond.
“This campus links agriculture and food development to nutrition, through to help and sport. There has never been a more important time to focus on improving health and wellbeing and, alongside our sporting partners, we will now be able to do this in Lincolnshire.
“We are also filling a skills gap in the food, nutrition and sports industries. With obesity a significant issue nationally and Lincolnshire having a particularly aging population, there is a need for a range of healthcare and wellbeing skills. Our students will help fill the demand.”
The official opening ceremony for phase two of the campus coincided with the launch of the College’s new Rugby Academy, in partnership with Premiership rugby club, Leicester Tigers.