A business school in Croydon has announced a partnership with Bath Spa University that will let residents in the borough study business degrees while staying in south London.

The Fairfield School of Business (FSB), which sits opposite East Croydon station, will run Bath Spa University's Health and Social Care Management (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) degree from its location on Addiscombe Road from September this year.

Both parties hope the partnership will contribute to UK-wide efforts to reboot the economy amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The school, which touts its outreach work in communities including an anti-knife crime poster campaign, was set up by Kunal Chan Mehta and founded by Syed Zaidi in 2012.

"We are extremely proud to be entering into this partnership with Bath Spa University," Syed said.

"We have all been inspired by Bath Spa’s commitment to its visionary courses and student wellbeing.

"We are certain that this partnership represents another exciting step for FSB students as Bath Spa shares our values in widening participation and access to Higher Education," he added.

The team at Bath Spa University were also enthused by the partnership and highlighted the need to widen access to higher education.

Professor Neil Sammells, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Bath Spa University, said:

"We are delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Fairfield School of Business.

"Higher and further education institutions have a significant part to play in developing the skills needed by the job market as the country recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

"Bath Spa has long been committed to widening access to higher education and our new partnership with FSB will give students in different parts of the country the opportunity to gain a Bath Spa degree."

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