Ed Murphy, today called for a university campus in Peterborough fit
for the 21st century - to unlock local talent and drive economic
regeneration in the area.
The call follows an announcement by
John Denham, Secretary of State for Universities, that he wants the
government to open or commit funding to 20 university centres or
campuses over the next 6 years.
The Government’s ‘New University
Challenge’, published today, underlines the importance of
universities and Higher Education provision to the nation’s economic
and social success.
The paper sets out various ways in which local
higher education benefits communities:
Unlocking the potential of towns
widening participation and unlocking talent;
attracting, nurturing and retaining talent in an area;
contributing to social cohesion; and
underpinning population growth strategies.
Driving economic regeneration:
creating a highly skilled workforce, with relevant skills for
the local business community;
stimulating entrepreneurship; and
engaging with business to solve problems and boost innovation
Ed Murphy, said “I’m very excited by
the prospect of high quality, local university provision in
Peterborough. Local people and local businesses would benefit hugely
from the jobs, skills and opportunities that it would bring. I am
calling for the community to come together with businesses, local
education providers and others, to put together a really strong bid
to meet the government’s new university challenge to improve
Peterborough for everyone.”
John Denham said:
universities and colleges been more important to our country both
nationally in ensuring our success on the world stage and locally in
our towns and cities through the creation of jobs and new skills,
driving regeneration and enriching cultural life.
“I want to build on the successes of
the last few years which have seen new centres of higher education
transforming local economies and the lives of local people. We must
learn from these success stories and act on the growing evidence
that locally based projects play a key role in helping local areas
and people realise their potential.
"Communities should have the chance
to show they can make the most of the power of higher education, to
help unlock the talent of their local people and help make them
Bids will be assessed against
criteria by the higher education funding council. In the last five
years, it has committed £100m to these projects. Government funding
for the new centres will be allocated out of HEFCE's strategic
development fund. In this Comprehensive Spending Review period there
is £150 million set aside for this fund. In addition it is expected
that projects will attract funding from other sources.
In the last 5 years, the government
has committed £100m, and opened or committed to 17 local university
campuses or centres.
For more information contact Ed
Murphy via the
Peterborough Labour Party website.
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