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South Essex College get set for students in September with over a £1 million summer makeover

South Essex College of Further & Higher Education is spending over £1 million over the summer upgrading buildings and facilities across their three Campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend.

The College will be working hard to improve buildings, IT facilities, furniture and equipment ready for students in September, with the Thurrock and Basildon campuses receiving particular attention with investment in remodelled libraries, redecoration of classrooms and corridors and a bright new look to the Campus restaurants.

In Basildon new pathways and landscaping at the entrance to the Campus will make a more welcoming approach for students, staff and visitors. Other works being carried out include new fixtures and fittings, flowerbeds, refreshed paintwork and maintenance of damaged roofs.

Paul Groome, Executive Director Planning and Resources and Campus Director Thurrock, said: “The work during the summer will create a brighter, smarter and better resourced College. We’ve worked hard to improve the facilities at all our Campuses from painting and decorating to improving access to IT facilities. Hopefully learners, whether returning or new to the College will be pleasantly surprised by the changes.”

He added: “There are also a number of places on courses starting in September at both the Basildon and Thurrock Campuses and we hope these positive changes will help encourage more students to consider studying at them now that they have both better facilities and are a more welcoming learning environment. In business it is widely accepted that having a better working environment is a great motivator these changes help enhance student’s studies and learning.”

There has also been investment in new equipment and learning resources across the wide-ranging curriculum the College has to offer. Learners will be able to get their hands on industry standard resources in every subject from Fashion to Engineering. The College’s first-class IT resources have also been enhanced with students at all campuses linked via a single IT network with access to millions of on-line documents and resources.

In the libraries at all three Campuses learners and staff will have access to a new ‘C_Space Centre’ which will provide support, training and guidance in the use of the College’s excellent Intranet and multi-media facilities.

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