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Business Secretary visits NUA

Students and staff at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) met the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP this morning when the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills visited the city centre campus to tour its specialist facilities.

Vince Cable at NUA

L-R: Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA; Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; Marie-Claire Isaaman, Course Leader of BA Games Art and Design; Kai Smales, BA Games Art and Design student.

Dr Cable spent an hour visiting the University’s Media Lab, Graphics Studio and Fashion Studio, meeting students studying undergraduate degrees in Games Art and Design, Graphic Design and Fashion. The tour, which was conducted by Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, was joined by Simon Wright MP (Norwich South) and Chris Starkie, Managing Director of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Vince Cable at NUA

L-R: Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA; Chloe Holden, BA Graphic Communication student; Laura Hiscock, BA Graphic Design student; Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

During the tour Dr Cable was briefed on the University’s development of the Ideas Factory, a new £3 million incubation centre to support Norwich’s growing digital creative industries sector. The project, which received funding of over £1.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and a contribution of £200,000 from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, will provide a central hub for the city’s creative businesses with new meeting, boardroom and networking space.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The creative industries are a vital and growing part of our economy, and Norwich University of the Arts is doing great work in equipping young people with the skills that will keep Britain ahead of the competition.

“The Government will keep working with colleges, universities and businesses to give ambitious and creative people access to world-class training, infrastructure and financial support.”

Professor John Last said: “NUA’s commitment to providing higher education that meets the requirements of the creative industries is evidenced through its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, its curricula informed by industry liaison groups, its employment of practising artists, designers and media makers as course staff and its 92% rate of graduate employment. We were delighted to show Dr Cable around our campus today and welcome the recognition of NUA as one of the leading providers of industry-focused specialist arts, design and media education in the UK.”

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