Former pub to be learning hub in time for autumn term

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A former Rotherham pub is being given a new lease of life as a centre for students.

The Charter Arms in Eastwood Lane is being converted by Rotherham College into a social and study centre for 400 higher education students.

It will be ready in time for the new term in September.

Band nights, competitions and lunchtime performances are also planned, drawing in musicians and audiences from outside the college.

Assistant principal Ann Hardy said more people were taking higher education courses so they could keep their costs down by studying locally.

“The HE Hub building will provide new spaces for these learners separate from those used by our 16 to 18 students,” she added.

The building also will be the base for music and performance courses.