Fund­ing boost for uni­ver­sity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs

HUN­DREDS more stu­dents will be able to go to uni­ver­sity in Peter­bor­ough thanks to £12 mil­lion of ex­tra fund­ing.

It is ex­pected that 200 more places will be avail­able at Peter­bor­ough’s new Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre in Septem­ber af­ter Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity, which runs the cen­tre in Park Cres­cent, was given the money by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund­ing Coun­cil for Eng­land.

The ex­tra spa­ces will mean 540 full time stu­dents will be able to study sub­jects in­clud­ing crim­i­nol­ogy, me­dia and en­gi­neer­ing in Peter­bor­ough.

The new fund­ing is made up of £7 mil­lion of a £270 mil­lion Uni­ver­sity Mod­erni­sa­tion Fund to be al­lo­cated to uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try, and an ex­pected £5 mil­lion from ad­di­tional tu­ition fees, which will be split across Anglia Ruskin’s cam­puses in Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridge and Chelms­ford.

An­other 300 stu­dent places will be made avail­able across the Cam­bridge and Chelms­ford cam­puses.

Councillor John Holdich, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, skills and uni­ver­sity, said he was de­lighted more peo­ple would be able to study in the city.

He said: “In these strin­gent times we were ex­pect­ing to get no more places, so this is a very wel­come ad­di­tion.

“The Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough is built on the rep­u­ta­tion of Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity, but Peter­bor­ough needs its own rep­u­ta­tion, and the more stu­dents we have com­ing here the bet­ter.”

Cllr Holdich added that he hoped that some of the spa­ces would be taken by city res­i­dents, rather than peo­ple trav­el­ling from across the coun­try. He said: “I’m sure that some of the cour­ses, such as crim­i­nol­ogy and me­dia, will ap­peal to Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents.

“With the tough fi­nan­cial times we are in, it is harder for peo­ple to travel away to study, so to al­low more Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents to study here is a big boost.”

Vice Chan­cel­lor of Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Michael Thorne, said: “We are de­lighted that our uni­ver­sity has been se­lected for this spe­cial fund­ing de­signed to pro­duce grad­u­ates with the par­tic­u­lar skills the econ­omy needs to help build its way out of re­ces­sion.

“This news is par­tic­u­larly wel­come as we have had to cap stu­dent num­bers de­spite a huge in­crease in the vol­ume of stu­dent ap­pli­ca­tions we have re­ceived.

“Ini­tia­tives like these will most cer­tainly help to get the econ­omy and higher ed­u­ca­tion back in align­ment, so that we will be able to con­tinue to sup­ply the high cal­i­bre of work-ready grad­u­ates busi­ness and or­gan­i­sa­tions need to re­tain con­fi­dence in the now ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive global mar­ket­place.”

EX­PAN­SION: An ad­di­tional 200 stu­dents could find places at the Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough

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