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Colleges link up to get on course

PUBLISHED: 20:14 14 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 October 2010

Two east coast colleges are joining forces to offer university courses in Suffolk for the first time.

Under the umbrella of the new University Campus Suffolk, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Colleges have come together to create a range of “diverse” courses.

Two east coast colleges are joining forces to offer university courses in Suffolk for the first time.

Under the umbrella of the new University Campus Suffolk (UCS), Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Colleges have come together to create a range of "diverse" courses.

The UCS will have a main campus in Ipswich when students enrol in September 2007.

But Lowestoft has been designated as a seat of excellence for UCS, which is expected to see £150m spent on it during the next 10 years.

Last night the college's principal revealed details of the link-up with neighbouring Yarmouth to offer courses.

In a joint statement with Yarmouth principal Robin Parkinson, Gwen Parsons said the link would enable educational opportunities to grow in the area.

"We have agreed to work together to develop a complementary curriculum offer as part of UCS," the statement said.

"This work will include developing progression routes from further education to higher education focusing on the longer term economic needs of the economic sub-region.

"A steering group of chairs of governors and principals will meet quarterly to monitor progress and determine developmental priorities.

"This project will provide evidence to support both colleges' strategic planning mechanisms to 2011 and beyond."

The aim of UCS, which has been set up by UEA and University of Essex, is to attract more undergraduates to the county and encourage more people to study locally.

The county's industrial sector is backing the project, which it is hoped will deliver a more highly skilled workforce and provide £50m a year to the Suffolk economy.

"The collaborative working between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Colleges will mean that we can offer greater breadth of curriculum in a cost-effective way," Mrs Parsons added.

"This will be of enormous benefit to the local economy and we look forward to working with employers to design and deliver the curriculum that will provide the higher skills required now and in the future."

Lowestoft College is today marking the near completion of the first stage of a £30m campus redevelopment with a topping out ceremony.

As part of the ceremony, a time capsule containing items from the college will be buried.


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