21 December 2001

Writtle axe for engineering

WRITTLE College is discontinuing degree and HND courses in agricultural engineering to free up resources and finance for other educational faculties.

The college reports the agricultural engineering industry is experiencing major difficulties in attracting higher qualified students into the sector.

"We appreciate our students are keenly sought by the industry but unfortunately we cannot attract enough of them into the college," says college principal Prof Mike Alder. "We are expanding and investing in new faculties, and it is unfeasible to maintain uneconomic courses over a prolonged period."

Prof Alder says the college remains fully committed to its undergraduate engineering students who will receive full tuition and support until they graduate.

Further education courses, work-based learning schemes and short courses in mechanisation will still be on offer at Writtle. &#42

Andy Moore