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More students starting degrees at King's Lynn campus, bosses say

The coronavirus crisis may be encouraging more people to pursue university degree courses here in West Norfolk, according to education leaders.

Bosses of the Lynn-based University Centre West Anglia (UcWA) say they have seen a slight increase in take-up of places this autumn, compared with previous years.

And they say there is still time for students who haven’t yet finalised their study plans to join them at the centre, which stands on the College of West Anglia campus in Tennyson Avenue.

More students are now taking up places at the University Centre West Anglia, officials say.
More students are now taking up places at the University Centre West Anglia, officials say.

Around 40 universities across the UK have recorded coronavirus cases since the start of the new academic year last month, though college officials say they have not had any cases so far.

There has also been concern after students at several institutions were prevented from leaving their halls of residence.

Initially, as the A-level results fiasco plunged the whole university admissions process into chaos in August, the UcWA said it had seen a big drop in inquiries from students through the traditional clearing system.

But now, the centre says that situation has changed.

College chief executive David Pomfret said yesterday: “We have seen an uptake of applicants applying to degree programmes at UcWA since last year, which is contra to the national trend, and we believe, in part, due to the changing circumstances.

“We are still taking on late applicants and we are making every effort to provide those who may have changed their plans this year, and would like to study and live locally, with a place on a degree programme at UcWA.

“As many of our students live locally, UcWA offers not only lower living and maintenance costs, but the quality of provision is extremely high, too.

“This year alone, we have achieved an overall satisfaction score of 98 per cent on the National Student Survey 2020.”

Degree programmes at the UcWA are awarded through the college’s long-standing partnership with the Anglia Ruskin University.

Officials are currently planning a series of virtual open days for would-be students to see the campus and find out more about the range of courses available to them there.

Registration is now open for the sessions, which are due to begin later this month. For more information, or to sign up, visit www.ucwa.ac.uk/virtualCWA

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