HIGHER education students have been given the space to flourish with the opening of a brand new dedicated learning centre.

Darlington College’s principal Kate Roe and Teesside University’s registrar Jonathan Eaton performed the honours at the official opening ceremony, cementing a partnership that dates back years.

Students studying Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 are being issued electronic swipe cards to give them access to a range of facilities at the Darlington College campus including computers, Wi-Fi, quiet study rooms, group study areas and tutorial rooms.

They also have access to support tutor Jane Johnstone, who will help students develop the skills and abilities they’ll need to meet the demands of higher education study, enabling them to reach their academic potential.

Ms Roe said: “This enforces just how important our relationship with Teesside University is to us and the rest of the Tees Valley.

“We are really committed to support the business community ensuring they have access to higher skills. The feedback is that the business sector is pleased to be working with us ."