Ruffley investigates key role for West Suffolk College in University Campus Suffolk project

Thursday, 19 October, 2006

David Ruffley MP will be meeting with key players in the University Campus Suffolk (UCS) project on Friday 20 October at 12.30pm.

David will be meeting with Professor Bob Anderson, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at UCS, and Professor Bill Macmillan, the Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, to discuss the future of higher education in Suffolk and how the UCS project is progressing.

Suffolk is currently the only county in England that has a population of over half a million and has no higher education institution.

David said:

'The UCS project is of great importance to the region and will provide Suffolk with much needed higher education facilities. This will not only enable us to attract more students to Suffolk but will also help us to retain those we already have.

'UCS will also feature smaller, local innovative learning centres across the county offering advice, opportunities and progression routes to further study at university level.

'I am very much looking forward to meeting with two of the key figures in the project, Bill Macmillan and Bob Anderson, and I will be supporting the case for West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, to get its fair share of the investment in the UCS project.

'I will continue to do everything I can to support UCS and look forward to seeing the first group of students enter its doors at the start of the 2007 academic year.'