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Harrogate College is a further education college in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. It traces its origins to the University Extension movement, which began in 1873 under the auspices of Cambridge University. It offers several levels of qualifications, including Further and Higher Education courses. Harrogate College relocated in 1985 to Hornbeam Park, after the older Bower Road location of the college in Harrogate closed.
The college is on the former Harrogate ICI Fibres site in four buildings. Harrogate College merged with Leeds Metropolitan University in August 1998 and was classified as a university, but on 1 August 2008 records at Harrogate were transferred to Hull College. This was not strictly a merger since Leeds Metropolitan University still had links with Harrogate College through the Regional University Network (RUN)..
Notable former studentsEdit
- Andrew Brons, British National Party (BNP) MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, former politics lecturer and student
- Leon Doyle, candidate on Series 7 of The Apprentice
- Richard Hammond, Top Gear presenter and television personality
- Charles Wilson (1857–1932), New Zealand member of parliament
- London, A. (1985) Harrogate College of Further Education 1898–1985. Harrogate: Harrogate College.
- "Troubled Hull College Group to de-merge one of three colleges". FE Week.
- Campbell, Duncan (8 June 2009). "Andrew Brons: the genteel face of neo-fascism". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
- "EXPOSED: BNP man's past". Harrogate Advertiser. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- "CV - Leon Doyle". 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "Charles Wilson". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2014.