Writtle College staff were delighted to welcome the Mayor, Councillor Paul Hutchinson, and Mayor’s Escort, Mr Ali Murad, to the campus this week (9th June).
The purpose of their visit was to hear about the exciting educational opportunities that are being offered to students and to celebrate Writtle College being granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), which means that, from September 2017, students will be able to study for a degree awarded by the College.
The Mayor’s party met with Principal Dr Stephen Waite along with senior members of staff and students from the College’s Further Education and Higher Education courses.
Whilst on their visit, horticulture lecturer, John Cullum presented Cllr Hutchinson with a Little Writtle plant and explained the process behind the breeding of this new plant.
The Mayor and his party were also given a tour of the Writtle School of Design Degree Show by landscape architecture and garden design students, plus a floristry demonstration and a preview of the exhibit being put together for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The visit ended with a tour of the Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies and the new development of the animal facilities.
Writtle College Principal Dr Stephen Waite said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor, Councillor Paul Hutchinson to the College. It was a pleasure to show him some of the wonderful facilities from our 220 hectare beautiful estate and showcase the brilliant work of our students.
“This is such an exciting time for the College, having been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers, plus we have a lot to celebrate with our award-winning students – most recently a triple win at the Ideal Home Show 2015.”
Cllr Paul Hutchinson said: “I was delighted to visit Writtle College and to see at first-hand the incredible range of courses they offer. The work being done in relation to their display at the forthcoming Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was most interesting and I wish them well when it comes to judging day.
“I was particularly impressed by the way in which many courses encourage students to relate to the natural environment and to respect the continuing fragility of the world we inhabit. It was also very encouraging to see how the College provides both further and higher education to so many overseas students.
“Writtle College is an important part of the Chelmsford community and its partnership working is of great benefit to us all.”