Relocation for Scope's education college

Disability charity Scope is considering relocating its college for people with physical and learning disabilities to the University of Cumbria.

At a recent university board meeting, the two bodies agreed to investigate the feasibility of moving Beaumont College in Lancaster to Cumbria’s Lancaster campus. The charity is unsure whether it would rent or sell its existing property if the move were to go ahead.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Scope, said the project would fulfil the charity’s vision for disabled young people to experience education alongside their non-disabled peers.

“This is a university with a clearly inclusive ethos and with expertise in overlapping areas such as special educational needs, teacher training, health and drama,” he said.

The investigation, which will take place over the coming year, will look at educational impact on the students, financial implications and necessary changes to existing buildings. Similar existing projects in the UK and abroad will also be consulted.

Professor Christopher Carr, vice chancellor of the university of Cumbria, said the project could create opportunities.

“We believe that providing an enriching learning environment, which celebrates diversity and enables a range of different skills and life experiences to flourish, will benefit all young people – both disabled and non-disabled,” he said.

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