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New £6.5 million university centre nearing completion

Published: Thursday, 14 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A £6.5 million project to create a new university centre at the College of West Anglia is close to being completed.

The centre, which will have a 120-seat multimedia lecture theatre, 14 digital classrooms, large ground-floor space and offices, has been designed to give students in the west Norfolk area access to higher education opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to access higher education programmes, which are accredited through Anglia Ruskin University, in a wide range of areas including scientific, engineering, technical, management and business.

Construction on the centre, which is based in King’s Lynn, is expected to be completed in time for it to be fit for use in September 2016.

Upon completion, the university centre will be the lone higher education teaching and learning facility within a 35 mile radius. More than 500 extra students will be able to access the centre over the next few years.

Those already in education and studying higher education courses will also be able to utilise the facilities on offer.

Inspire the development of skills

David Pomfret, CWA principal and chief executive, expressed his delight at being able to see the university centre building develop over the last academic year.

As a result of a bid by the West Norfolk Partnership, supported by the College of West Anglia, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership secured £6.5 million funding for the construction of the university centre as part of its Growth Deal with the Government.

Mr Pomfret hopes that now the college is able to offer a broader range of degree level courses, more people from the surrounding area will be inspired to develop a higher level of skills, which will lead to greater employability.

Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia LEP, believes the funding will lead to a new generation of students equipped with the scientific, engineering and technical expertise that are needed to grow a dynamic economy.

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