It's been a good month for Further and Higher Education in Suffolk. First HEFCE, who fund universities, gave £15m to underpin a new university in Suffolk and secondly the LSC, who fund colleges, announced £18m for re-development of the existing Suffolk College. This will create an absolutely fantastic education quarter in Ipswich for the county of Suffolk. A network of linked learning centres will provide learning opportunities across the whole county.
Institutions like Essex University and UEA are worth £60-80m to their local economies. It's time Suffolk had a slice of that. The new institution will provide a focal point for improving the skills of pupils, students and adult learners, which will benefit both the individual and the economy of Suffolk.
University Campus Suffolk will combine building for university, college and student welfare. The project team have an interesting website and the college website also carries news of the new developments.
The development will cost £190m over ten years. I can't see a Tory government, committed to spending cuts, putting the money up. Can you?