University roadshow launch

A UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk (UCS) roadshow will be launched next week at the Suffolk Show.Senior officials from the universities of Essex and East Anglia are due to appear at the show to launch the roadshow, which will tour the county during the next 12 months.

A UNIVERSITY Campus Suffolk (UCS) roadshow will be launched next week at the Suffolk Show.

Senior officials from the universities of Essex and East Anglia are due to appear at the show to launch the roadshow, which will tour the county during the next 12 months.

Carol Macaskill, UCS project leader, said: "Our roadshows will communicate what the UCS project will mean to the public, parents, students and businesses."

Lead by a partnership between the two universities UCS is expected to bring an estimated £1million a week to the Suffolk-wide economy.

Ipswich Borough Council chief executive James Hehir said: "It is very appropriate to call the roadshows 'making it happen' as it is going to happen. "It is extremely important to get the message across to the whole of Suffolk.

"The more we can get the UCS project out into the county the better. We really need some feedback from the people of Suffolk to find out what they want and expect from UCS."

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Suffolk County Council is also supporting the project.

The council's chief executive, Mike More, said: "University Campus Suffolk will bring benefits to the whole county. That is why the county council pledged investment, in November last year, of up to £13m.

"This will not only support the development of the central campus in Ipswich - it will also help make sure we have local learning centres across the county.

"We need to make sure that the opportunities to study at university level in Suffolk offered by UCS are open to as many people as possible."

Sponsored by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, the UCS project will be at stand 306 on the showground.

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The UCS Story So Far

ONE of the largest schemes of its kind in the UK, University Campus Suffolk (UCS) is due to open its doors to students in September 2007.

Costing and estimated £150million over the next ten years UCS was handed a £15million kick-start in February by the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE).

Land has already been set aside for the project and UCS, plus a new Suffolk College, will create an 'education quarter' stretching from Rope Walk to the Ipswich Waterfront.

A partnership lead by the universities of East Anglia and Essex, the UCS project is supported by Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council. There will also be substantial private sector investment in the scheme.

Weblinks www.suffolk.ac.uk www.ucs.ac.uk

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