Published: 1 February 2006 at 11:46
Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University have confirmed that they will be working in partnership to establish a University Centre in Peterborough.
The project will be funded through a joint venture company consisting of Peterborough Regional College and Anglia Ruskin University, with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and anticipated further funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).
It is also intended that the development, strongly supported by EEDA, will spearhead a major investment in higher education in Peterborough, building on the highly successful top quality degree provision offered in the city through Peterborough Regional College over the last twelve years, and complement the work Anglia Ruskin is already undertaking in Peterborough in health education and economic development.
The University Centre is integral to the planned growth of higher education services for the Peterborough area and will be funded through the HEFCE Strategic Development Fund which is financing a number of similar developments across the region to increase access to HE. It is also intended that the developments, fully supported by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), will bring university expertise and resources closer to business and industry and help further improve certain sectors of the local economy.
The University Centre is to be developed on the current Regional College campus, in close proximity to the Thomas Deacon Academy, creating a new 'education quarter' for the city.
The Chair of Peterborough Regional College's Corporation Board, Martin Fisher said
While Principal Don Lawson commented:
Anglia Ruskin University's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Tidmarsh said:
Peterborough City Council's Cabinet member for Education, Councillor Geoff Ridgway, added:
EEDA's Chief Executive, David Marlow added: