Study com­mis­sioned for new uni cam­pus

Ed­u­ca­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A new study will look into the fea­si­bil­ity of build­ing a cam­pus for 2,000 stu­dents for the Uni­ver­sity of Peter­bor­ough.

The study has been com­mis­sioned by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil for the ear marked cam­pus site in Bishop’s Road, by the Em­bank­ment.

The new fully fledged uni­ver­sity is due to wel­come its first stu­dents in Oc­to­ber 2022. It will evolve from Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough - a joint ven­ture be­tween Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity and Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege - should it ob­tain de­gree award­ing pow­ers, as ex­pected.

Re­gional col­lege prin­ci­pal Terry Jones said: “Progress is con­tin­u­ing at pace with the uni­ver­sity project.

“Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing a fea­si­bil­ity study on the Bishop’s Road site by the Em­bank- ment, look­ing at how a new uni­ver­sity cam­pus for 2,000 stu­dents can be de­vel­oped.

“Both a de­sign brief and a busi­ness case will also be pre­pared in the com­ing months out­lin­ing in de­tail what the new site might look like, and how it can be de­liv­ered.

“Uni­ver­sity Cen­tre Pe- ter­bor­ough is con­tin­u­ing to work to­wards gain­ing de­gree award­ing pow­ers. A cur­ricu­lum strat­egy has been de­vel­oped to en­sure the new cur­ricu­lum will be avail­able to meet the needs of stu­dents, busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers.

“De­vel­op­ing the in­de­pen­dent uni­ver­sity is an ex­cit­ing but com­plex process and will be part of Peter­bor­ough’s bright fu­ture as a grow­ing city.”

The project has so far re­ceived £13.57 mil­lion of fund­ing. Of that £9.74 mil­lion has been awarded from the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity for the es­tab­lish­ment of a new cam­pus.

Peter­bor­ough was promised a fully fledged uni­ver­sity as a re­sult of coun­cil­lors vot­ing in favour of es­tab­lish­ing the com­bined author­ity.

Terry Jones

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