Published: 5 October 2009 at 12:31
New university centres at Harlow and Peterborough will benefit from £10m funding to support additional student numbers
Anglia Ruskin University centres at Harlow and Peterborough are set to benefit from new funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which is taking forward the development of nine existing higher education (HE) centres, in parts of the country not well served by higher education. The University Centres at Peterborough Regional College and Harlow College are operated in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University.
The specially chosen centres, located in various parts of the country, have been allocated 2,208 additional student numbers in 2010-11 enabling them to enhance the learning opportunities for local people.
Anglia Ruskin University’s new University Centres at Harlow and Peterborough have been selected to receive an investment package of £5m each as part of this initiative. A total of 300 additional student numbers will be created across the two locations.
The latest announcement is part of a 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. Since 2003 HEFCE has invested around £110 million in 21 HE centres or new university campuses, spread across seven regions. The funding has provided buildings and equipment and supported 8,000 additional student numbers over the six year period.
Speaking about the HEFCE investment, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Professor Michael Thorne said:
The programme has enabled adults and young people to benefit who would not otherwise have been able to experience higher education. The programme is designed to:
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:
Most HE centres involve higher education institutions collaborating with a partner further education college and other funding partners such as regional development agencies and local authorities.