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Thanks expressed as trailblazing term draws to a close

  • Russ Millhouse, University Centre Shrewsbury

A University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) leader has thanked community members, students and partner organisations for their ideas and enthusiasm as a trailblazing term draws to a close. The autumn 2015 term has marked a series of firsts for the University Centre.

The doors were opened to Guildhall, the learning and research base in Frankwell Quay, and Mardol House, the new student accommodation, nearby in Shrewsbury town centre.

The first undergraduates were welcomed to the institution and town with a week of activities before embarking on courses.

Further milestones were reached when the Student Council was elected, the first work placements got underway and the inaugural Personal Development Week took place.

Russ Millhouse, Head of Secretariat and Student Support, today shared how these achievements would not have been possible without the input of many people across Shropshire and beyond.

He said: "We are extremely grateful to everyone who has given up their time to play a part in the development of University Centre Shrewsbury, including residents, councillors and businesses.

"The response and input at community liaison meetings, including the most recent in November, local joint committees, community drop-in sessions at Guildhall, Team Shrewsbury meetings, and public events has been fantastic.

"And of course, the students themselves have been terrific ambassadors. They have settled into Shrewsbury life extremely well, being given a big welcome to the town. Whether volunteering for organisations like Fairtrade, working part-time in local businesses, on placement with local organisations, fundraising for charity or just using local services and visiting places in the area, they are becoming valued members of the community.

"The students are also leaving a legacy at Guildhall by working on projects to create interesting and unique spaces for learning and recreation in the building and courtyard, giving the learning and research centre their own stamp."

Mr Millhouse added that he was delighted to be contributing to the ongoing progression of the new Higher Education Institution in his home county, after being part of the team working to establish UCS for almost three years.

"Growing up in Shropshire, I was delighted to be involved and I've been extremely proud to see the plans become reality. I'm looking forward to continuing to discuss our plans with the community in the coming terms and years," he said.

Mr Millhouse's role as Head of Secretariat includes all aspects of community liaison as well as overseeing the governance of UCS, encompassing the business of the University for Shropshire Advisory Board. As Head of Student Support he is responsible for all student welfare and support services, including finance, residential and disability support.

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