Harlow's new University Centre gets planning go ahead

Published: 29 January 2010 at 10:50

100 new students to start in September 2010 in advance of building completion

Anglia Ruskin University’s proposed new University Centre at Harlow has been given the green light in terms of planning which means that development work at Harlow College’s site can now begin.

Harlow District Council approved the plans which will facilitate the start of work on the flagship building this summer. The East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Harlow-Stansted Growth Area Partnership led by Harlow Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) are contributing a total of £9.3 million for Anglia Ruskin University’s new three-storey, 2400 square metre higher education centre on the site leased from Harlow College.

100 students will be recruited to start courses in September 2010 in advance of the completion of the building work. The initial six degree level subjects to be offered will be IT, Business Management, Early Childhood Studies, Journalism, Sports Journalism and Public Services.

The announcement follows recent positive news for Harlow College which has seen it placed among the top five per cent of education providers nationally.

The new University Centre in Harlow will help raise skill levels and increase opportunities for local people and business. Facilities will include state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, a 96 seat lecture theatre, an i-Lab (an IT facility to encourage and inspire creative thought) and conferencing facilities.

Harlow College Principal Colin Hindmarch said:

“This news is very exciting as we can now move with speed towards the final development stages of Anglia Ruskin University’s new University Centre for Harlow.  With the physical infrastructure in place, momentum will   grow exponentially for the higher education programmes we will have on offer.”

“The fact that new students will be recruited shortly brings the whole concept to life.”

Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Professor Michael Thorne, said:

“This new teaching and learning facility will make everyone in Harlow proud.  It will clearly provide a new focus for innovation and aspiration which will benefit local people and the local economy.”

The Harlow University Centre project is part of the national HEFCE programme to raise the skill levels and increase participation by people with little or no experience of higher education, and is one of a range of initiatives to address these priorities. Its distinctiveness lies in making HE available in areas not already well served with relevant HE.