After 120 years of providing quality education and training Edge Hill has been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Staff and students are celebrating the news that means future students will receive their degrees directly from Edge Hill. The announcement follows a year-long scrutiny process by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Chief Executive John Cater is delighted with the decision.

He said: “Our success is formal recognition of the quality of education at Edge Hill over many years. I am delighted that the Government has recognised this by awarding taught degree awarding powers and university status to institutions with clear strengths in teaching and learning.”

Edge Hill?s stakeholders from across the region are offering congratulations on its success.

Bill Taylor, Chief Executive of West Lancashire District Council said:

“I?m delighted that Edge Hill has been given these new powers, which is a further shot in the arm for this already hugely successful institution. I hope it’s another new step towards them becoming a university.”

Chris Trinick, Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council said:

“Edge Hill has been a long-time valued partner with the County Council. We are delighted to learn that they now have taught degree awarding powers. These new powers will mean an even more valuable contribution to Lancashire and beyond.”

Fran Hulbert, Director of Skills Policy at the North West Development Agency said:

“The NWDA welcomes Edge Hill?s success which both acknowledges the quality, commitment and achievement of staff and students, and also strengthens the overall high quality of higher education in the northwest region.

“The particular contribution of Edge Hill to the education and health is an asset to the public sector and of considerable economic significance to the regional economy.”

Edge Hill?s Chair of Governors David Tomkins also offered congratulations:

“I?m delighted for all the staff at Edge Hill on the confirmation of taught degree awarding powers, reflecting as it does their professionalism and high academic standards. It gives us an excellent platform to meet increasing competitive pressures and continue to transform the futures of many more students and communities.”

An application for university status is now being given serious consideration. Consultation regarding the future name of the institution is underway and an announcement is expected to be made in early 2006.

Picture: Edge Hill Chief Executive John Cater (left) and Chair of Governors David Tomkins proudly show off their taught degree awarding powers certificate.