Funding boost for university
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