Established in 1893 and located just outside the city of Chelmsford, Writtle has a long history of providing education linked to the land, environment, animals, design and sport.

This is the second milestone in a year for Writtle, which was granted taught degree awarding powers in March 2015 and means the college can provide its own degree courses from September 2017, instead of University of Essex validated degrees.
Dr Stephen Waite, who has been principal of Writtle since 2013, said: “This represents the successful culmination of a long arduous process which has involved the efforts of many colleagues. This recognition reflects our ambition as a high quality provider of further and higher education.

“We received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted in our most recent inspection and now have ‘university college’ status, which reflects the quality of opportunities available to students who are considering studying with us.” Chair of governors, Julia Smith, added that Writtle has a very bright future.

Writtle will have its final intake of students for degrees validated by the University of Essex this September.