University plans offer future option for West Norfolk students
As students in West Norfolk await their A-level results next week, proposals have been outlined which could provide their successors with another option for higher education closer to home.
A formal planning application has been submitted for a new university campus in Peterborough, which officials hope could welcome its first students in just two years' time.
The development, if approved, would be a sister campus of the University Centre West Anglia (UCWA) at the College of West Anglia campus in Lynn.
Regional political leaders have teamed up with Anglia Ruskin University, which awards degrees at UCWA, to draw up the scheme, which will be known as ARU Peterborough.
Anglia Ruskin's vice-chancellor, Professor Roderick Watkins, said: "The development of ARU Peterborough provides a huge opportunity to tackle the social and economic inequalities that exist across the region.
“We look forward to working with our partners to build an outstanding, employment-focused university for Peterborough and welcoming our first students, both on and off campus, in September 2022.”
Cambridgeshire mayor James Palmer said: “As this University grows it will act as a real disruptor in the higher education market, providing top class education with a real chance of a local job at the end.
"I hope this application will be swiftly dealt with, so we can carry on pushing the delivery of the university.”
The submission of the plans comes as leaders of the region's combined authority prepare to examine proposals for a major upgrade of the A10 at a meeting today.