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Monday, January 13, 2014
The University of East Anglia has announced it is to pull out of its £120m London campus, just four years after the venture was opened.
Bosses at the UEA have said it will cease offering degree courses at the campus, a joint venture between the UEA and INTO University Partnerships, from September this year.
The centre, close to London Liverpool Street station, only opened in 2010, but UEA students there have been told they will have to switch to the Norwich campus or be helped to find somewhere else in London to study.
The university says of the 325 higher education students based at UEA London - two per cent of the UEA’s total student population - “the vast majority” will have completed their studies by September.
The university is consulting with staff and students and says its first obligation is to those individuals affected.
Around 35 academic and support staff will be affected by this decision and a formal consultation process is taking place with these staff and with union representatives.
Bosses say student satisfaction levels at the central London campus have been extremely high and overall recruitment is strong.
But they say the decision has been taken as part of “a wider strategy to focus on areas of core strength and streamline its course offering”, which will see the Norwich campus concentrated on.
They say the future direction of UEA London has been under review for a number of months and the final decision to cease offering degree courses in the capital was taken by UEA Council, the university’s decision-making body, earlier this month.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Acton said: “I wish to thank all UEA London staff who have worked extremely hard and achieved exceptionally high student satisfaction ratings.
“We have carefully explored all options and taken the decision to focus on delivering our world class teaching and research – and the number one student experience in the country - at our superb Norwich campus.”
Jeremy Lindley, managing director (Europe) of INTO University Partnerships, said: “We are proud of our work with the University of East Anglia in developing opportunities for students to obtain high quality degrees in London.
“We continue to work closely with the university as it realigns its strategy and takes this decision to consolidate its provision and expertise in the Norwich campus.
“We look forward to the continued success of our London centre which is expanding to meet the needs of students looking for high quality educational opportunities in the capital.”
When asked how much the university had spent on UEA London, they responded: “The university has invested an appropriate level of funding into the project over the last five years, resulting in exceptionally high student satisfaction ratings and exceptional student outcomes.
“The decision to withdraw from UEA London has not been a financial one.”
INTO University of East Anglia in Norwich will be unaffected by this decision.
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