Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

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Rotherham College of Arts and Technology
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology is a further education college with two campus locations in South Yorkshire, England, one in Rotherham, and one in Dinnington. The College has links with industry such as Rother FM.

Campus
The college has two main campuses: Rotherham Town Centre Campus (TCC) and Rother Valley Campus (RVC).
  • Town Centre Campus " Eastwood Lane, Rotherham, S65 1EG 53°25”²56”³N 1°21”²10”³W  /  53.43209°N 1.35269°W  / 53.43209; -1.35269
  • Rother Valley Campus " Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, via Sheffield, S25 2NF 53°22”²28”³N 1°12”²25”³W  /  53.37434°N 1.20702°W  / 53.37434; -1.20702
The current principal of Rotherham is Gill Alton. Rother Valley Campus manager is Paul Bloor. The college has a staff of 700, and an enrolment of 1,100 14”“15 year olds and 2,900 16”“18 year olds.

History
Rotherham College has provided technical education in Rotherham since the 1930s. In 1981, three individual colleges of arts, technology and adult education were merged into one. In August 2004, the college merged with Rother Valley College, which is now known as Rother Valley Campus (RVC). RVC takes its name from the Rother Valley which lies about five miles to the west, although the college does lie in the parliamentary constituency of the same name. The clock-towered building was built as a mining college by the Dinnington Colliery Company, and was opened in 1928 as the Chelmsford Mining and Technical Institute. By the turn of the 1960s it was known as Dinnington Technical College, and later adopted the name Rother Valley College. The campus includes a small livestock farm, and is partially on land acquired from the now demolished Throapham Manor. In the 1950s, the college offered a secondary technical programme. This aspect of the college was spun off in 1963, merging with the neighbouring secondary modern school to create Dinnington High School. In 2010 Rotherham College embarked on the first stage of a new build programme. This involved the demolition of the Starting Point building on Eastwood Lane, and construction of the new building has taken place. As of January 2011 the foundations have been laid, the lift shaft has been put in place and the steel frame is nearing completion. The new building, to be called Wentworth, is due to open to students in September 2011.

Degree programmes
The college offers both Higher Education and Apprenticeship programmes. Foundation Degrees include Business Management, Computing, Graphic Design, and Performing Arts. The college has Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status in four areas. Cisco and Microsoft ICT Academies Partnership with local radio station Rother FM, which has endorsed the radio development course. Rotherham is an associate college of Sheffield Hallam University and Huddersfield University.

Facilities
The Catering and Hospitality program runs Wharncliffe Restaurant as a training restaurant.

Student life
The college provides no living accommodations for students. Students may rent shared flats nearby. Rotherham has a selection of clubs and pubs with Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley being close. Pulp played their first gig in Rotherham's Arts Centre in July 1980.

Notable alumni
  • Sean Bean, actor
  • Peter Elliott, Olympic distance runner


Building Activity

  • OpenBuildings
    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator
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    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference and added a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com