Students from Leeds City College are among many across West Yorkshire and Harrogate set to receive new equipment to enable them to study online.
Thanks to a Department for Education led initiative, Luminate Education Group has received over 2,000 Chromebooks to distribute to students who don’t have suitable technology for online learning.
The equipment is being delivered to disadvantaged students across the group’s member colleges. This includes learners across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, such as those studying at Leeds City and Keighley Colleges. The aim is to make sure everyone has the same starting point and equal access to online learning.
Dr Liz Mear, Managing Director for Leeds Academic Health Partnership and the Co-Opted Member to the Board of Governors for Leeds City College, said: “So many students have found it difficult to access the resources and facilities to enable them to progress in their studies because they don’t have the equipment they need.”
Liz, who is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Digital Programme, added: “This new equipment means that students will no longer have to rely on devices that simply aren’t up to the job and will help smooth the way to success irrespective of where they live.”
Luminate Education Group is also providing additional devices and resources including WiFi dongles and free digital courses.