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History of Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University has a long and proud history of providing vocational courses to its local communities as well as to regional, national and international students.
In the beginning..
The University was established from the Staffordshire Polytechnic in September 1992 which, itself, had been formed from the merger of its well-established colleges: the Staffordshire College of Technology in Stafford; the Stoke-on-Trent College of Art; and the North Staffordshire College of Technology based in Stoke. The original name at merger was North Staffordshire Polytechnic which became Staffordshire Polytechnic in September 1988.
The major work of the University has been concentrated on the Stoke and Stafford campuses until 1995 when the Shropshire and Staffordshire College of Nursing and Midwifery was integrated into the University, with bases at Stafford, Shrewsbury, Telford and Oswestry. In 1998, in partnership with Tamworth and Lichfield College, the University opened a newly built campus at Lichfield.
Forming relationships with local colleges
The University has always had a strong working relationship with its local colleges in Staffordshire and Shropshire and in 2000 forrmed the Staffordshire University Regional Federation (SURF). This was one of the first consortiums of its kind in the UK and provides HE courses at 9 Colleges in Staffordshire and 2 Colleges in Shropshire with a number of progression routes routes through to the University.