Education takes pole position

Caption: (standing) from left to right: Chris Moody, Principal of Moulton College; Len Closs, Principal of Northampton College; (seated) Dr Frank Burdett, Pro Vice Chancellor at The University of Northampton; and Richard Phillips, Silverstone MD.

The University of Northampton is dedicated to high quality higher education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, through taught courses and research. Last month, the University signed a memorandum of agreement with Silverstone Circuits Ltd., Northampton College and Moulton College to strengthen future partnership activity.

Dr Frank Burdett, Pro Vice Chancellor at The University of Northampton; Richard Phillips, Silverstone Circuits MD; Chris Moody, Principal of Moulton College; and Len Closs, Principal of Northampton College signed this new agreement at a brief ceremony. Speaking after the event, the signatories noted: "This agreement represents a unique partnership between industry and education and is set to offer enormous benefits to the county in terms of continual professional development training, research, knowledge transfer and brand association."
A number of partnership activities between the institutions are already underway, with examples already coming from The University of Northampton's Events Management and Paramedic Science awards.

Senior Lecturer in Events Management at the University, Dr. Allan Jepson, explains: "Students gain invaluable knowledge first hand from Silverstone's event management team and visit during events such as the FIA GT Championship."
Thomas McNally, Lecturer in Paramedic Science at the University, added: "The paramedic team is exploring a number of course opportunities using Silverstone as an important element of our teaching and learning strategy.

The courses will offer an innovative structure that will provide students with a unique learning experience linked to practical exposure utilising the prestigious racing circuit. Modules will develop the pre-hospital management of the critically ill and injured patient."

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