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Staff and students at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) have expressed their thanks to community members, partners and peers for their ongoing support as a landmark term ends and a new year approaches.

The autumn term marked the first time there have been undergraduates in all three academic years at UCS. Further milestones were reached this term with the launch of the Shropshire Young Thinkers’ Competition with Shrewsbury-based firm, Morris & Company, to find the county’s most creative young minds; the culmination of the varied 2017 Public Events Programme and a busy and bustling Open Day and Welcome Week. The term came to a festive finish with a community Carol Service held at St Chad’s Church on Thursday, December 14.

Looking further back over the year, work started on new student accommodation which aims to regenerate the Tannery site in Shrewsbury town centre, and a priority has been involvement in local schemes and partnerships which will bolster the region’s prospects. As part of this, UCS has strengthened its relationships with groups and organisations such as Team Shrewsbury, the community action group for the town and the Marches Growth Hub, which offers businesses a single point of access to information and guidance.

UCS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, and the Armed Forces Covenant with the Ministry of Defence, formalising the support of UCS towards the Armed Forces Community, which has an extensive presence across Shropshire.

The year has also seen students joining local clubs and groups and supporting local and national causes with fundraising activities. Among these was The Magnificent Severn sponsored row to buy adapted equipment for people to use at Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury. UCS has also contributed to key events in the area, including exhibiting a show garden at the 2017 prestigious town Flower Show, winning a gold medal for the second year running.

Meanwhile History student Holly-Elizabeth Smith was a winner at the 2017 Dyslexia Awards and Medical Genetics student Max Yates was presented with the Michael Davie Research Foundation Award for best overall accomplishment in Life Sciences during his first year of studies.

In recognition of work by students and staff, UCS was presented with a Silver Award in the Community category of the 2017 Shrewsbury Mayor’s Awards.

Professor Anna Sutton, UCS Provost said: “On behalf of everyone at UCS I would like to thank the local community, our partners and peers for continuing to welcome and support our students, staff, and the institution. This year has been significant in many ways, from the arrival of our third cohort of undergraduates to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

“We’re looking ahead to 2018, and the coming years, with great enthusiasm - whether it’s seeing our new students settle into university and community life, welcoming the public to more events, the development of new student accommodation, contributing to local schemes and partnerships that can enhance the county’s prospects, expanding the courses we offer or sharing our research.

“As the new year approaches, we wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2018.”

Genetics and Evolution student Hayley Townsend, who organised a Macmillan charity coffee morning with Medical Genetics student Charlotte Utting, among other events, said: “It’s important for us to run charity events and raise awareness of topics and issues close to our hearts, as well as giving something back to the local community, who we are extremely grateful to, for the welcome and ongoing support they have given us.”

A partnership between the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, UCS is focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship and making a positive impact that reaches as far as possible. The first postgraduates started programmes in 2014 and the first undergraduates embarked on courses in 2015. To find out more about UCS go to, call 01743 297185 or email

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