The Bulmer Foundation, a charity based in Hereford, recently hosted a public event to discuss the establishment of a Multiversity for Herefordshire, which will provide sustainable education to students in the county and beyond.
The Multiversity will consist of a number of sites. Its central building, situated in Hereford, will include a public-facing library, an information centre, a cafe and some flexible teaching space. Mini learning centres will be located further out across the region. The idea is to attract a bigger percentage of local learners into higher education than in any other county.
Herefordshire has a substantial reputation in the arts, local food, rural land usage, music, holistic health and astronomy. Through Multiversity programmes, these strengths could be supported and further developed.
Oliver Letwin MP said: ‘The Multiversity is the most innovative higher education proposition in the country. It is being developed by the county for the county with the potential to become a model for higher education development in sparsely populated rural areas.’
Outside classrooms in Hereford
Photo: © Bulmer Foundation