In 2014, a report by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) named some parts of the country as ‘HE cold spots' - areas where, one way or another, higher level skills required by industry are not being covered by available HE provision. The report, not for the first time, named North Yorkshire as one such cold spot.
Coventry University, the current Times Higher Education Awards ‘University of the Year' and Good University Guide's ‘Modern University of the Year' 2014, 2015 and 2016, then moved to help address this imbalance, opening the CU Scarbrough in 2015, initially teaching in iconic Scarborough locations. In September 2016 they opened a brand new, purpose built state-of-the-art campus at Weaponness, wherein all course areas offered are linked to careers, in subjects where there is evidence of a demand for graduates in the region.
Wherever it is possible, input has been sought from major industry institutions and local business to help inform the curriculum, to best ensure relevance. Course areas on offer include Law, Business, Early Years, Accounting, Engineering, IT, Counselling and Biological & Chemical Sciences.