University offers half-price courses to address skills gap

FUNDING HELP: Animation student Margunn Hindenes

FUNDING HELP: Animation student Margunn Hindenes

First published in Business News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Business Editor

A UNIVERSITY is offering science, technology and engineering companies a 50 per cent reduction in fees for some of its part-time post-graduate courses.

Teesside University will pay half of the cost of eligible course fees, starting next month (February), thanks to a special funding stream aimed at helping this key sector of the economy boost competitiveness.

Employers in these sectors, where advanced level skills are increasingly critical to high performance, can sponsor either individuals or groups of staff on postgraduate courses.

Margunn Hindenes, from Norway, studied a master’s degree in digital character animation and works as a 3D animator at Ubisoft Reflections in Newcastle. She said: “My master’s gave me crucial skills for my job at Ubisoft.”

Dr Graham Hillier, director of Strategy and Futures at the Centre for Process Innovation, Wilton, said: “The high value manufacturing sector – which is key to the UK’s future economic success – needs people with industry relevant postgraduate skills and qualifications. We welcome this initiative by Teesside University to help business develop people’s advanced skills.”

Professor Cliff Hardcastle, the university’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and business engagement, said: “The subsidy reflects the university’s recognition of the need to address critical skills gaps and its commitment to creating opportunities for talent to flourish.

“Our central role in supporting economic growth and business development means we are committed to working closely with employers and stakeholders. Halving the cost of postgraduate study in a key economic sector makes it easier for companies to invest in high value skills and knowledge for their workforce.”

For more information contact Elaine Hooker on 01642-384265 or email

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