Published: 4 March 2010 at 09:45
The official opening of new ‘education quarter’ will bring new opportunities to individuals and businesses from the region
Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College have today (4 March) jointly opened the £10 million University Centre Peterborough facility for higher education students on the College’s Park Crescent campus.
The ultra-contemporary, 3,000 square metre education space was officially opened by the Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property who toured the features building including its 92-seat lecture theatre, a range of multi-purpose seminar and teaching rooms, state of the art computer laboratories, student social areas and a planned café.
The Minister talked about the Government’s vision for Higher Education for the future including the need to maintain the UK’s reputation for excellence during changing global economic conditions. Impressed with the collaboration and rigor behind the development project, he said:
The joint venture between the two educational institutions will reshape and redefine the higher education provision on offer in the East of England to meet the needs of students, employers and local communities.
Don Lawson, Principal of Peterborough Regional College; Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University; and Allan Arnott, Chairman of University Centre Peterborough watched the Minister perform the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in front of an audience of local dignitaries and representatives from education and industry.
Speaking about one of the city’s newest builds, Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne, commented:
Endorsing these views, Don Lawson, Principal of Peterborough Regional College, said:
Allan Arnott, Chairman of the University Centre Peterborough, and director of Perkins Engines, concluded:
The new campus will build on the top quality degree provision that has been 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 images and plans the flagship building for University Centre Peterborough were first revealed in March 2008, providing the first detailed look of the new education quarter for Peterborough. Work on the new building was completed in October 2009. The doors opened to 850 higher education students the following month.
University Centre Peterborough is already running a wide portfolio of degree-level courses for students from the area. Over 30 subject pathways are now available for individuals to choose from, with a range of new courses being validated this year. Specialist subject areas centre on business, education, social sciences, IT, engineering and construction.
There are many opportunities available for local businesses to work with University Centre Peterborough on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), student bursaries and other education and training initiatives.The University Centre Peterborough development is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).