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University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College is an established centre for Higher Education with a twenty five year pedigree. The College delivers a range of courses to the local community and beyond, having its own unique identity and offering a supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to study. The College offers honours degree courses, a variety of career related foundation degree courses, HNCs and HNDs.

Courses at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College

Widening Participation in Higher Education

Increasing access to higher education is of great importance to University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College. Our degrees cover a variety of subject areas offering exciting opportunities for students who previously would not have considered studying for a degree.

We also offer successful Access to Higher Education courses that introduce students to studying again and have opened up the possibility of degree level qualifications to many students who did not believe they could ever achieve at university level.

Outstanding teaching and learning

We have a very strong commitment to student achievement and this is shared by all staff, whether academic or support. There is comprehensive tutorial support in place, including a Higher Education Support Tutor, highly qualified teachers and rigorous quality improvement systems which apply to all areas of learning. These are based on honest and self critical assessment of performance and detailed planning to achieve further improvement and we ask our students to participate in the quality processes.

Visiting Professors and Senior Fellows provide a range of expertise to the faculties at University of Suffolk. They contribute to research, enterprise and teaching and learning within their specialised field. At University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College we have two: Professor Phil Race and Professor Julia Hobsbawn.

Pastoral and Financial Support

The Higher Education Support Tutor is on hand to help students with any difficulties they may encounter during their studies. A Student Counselling Service is available to offer support to all students. The Support Tutor located in the HE Common Room and is available 8.30am-5.00pm Mon-Thu, 8.30am-4.30pm Fri and can be contacted on 01284 716542.

All students registered at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are eligible to apply for support from the WSC Educational Opportunity Trust, an independent charity founded in December 2008 with donations from former students and local employers. The Trust aims to assist students to enhance their educational experience and overcome difficulties that may prevent them from achieving their full potential. These could range from buying textbooks or specialised tools or materials or a more extensive need such as contributing towards the cost of a field course or voluntary service, here in the UK or overseas. It is important to note that grants from the Trust will normally not be made in cases where funds can be accessed from other sources such as maintenance grants, access funds or state benefits.

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College students can also take advantage of the Student Support facilities available on the main Ipswich Campus.

Student Life at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College

Studying at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College, you will get to experience being a student against the backdrop of the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds. Not only pretty and picturesque, Bury St Edmunds is fast-becoming one of the liveliest towns in East Anglia for all recreational pursuits.


Once described by the Late John Peel as The New Seattle, Bury St Edmunds has always enjoyed a thriving music scene both from within its own ranks and inviting others. The opening of the Apex in 2010 has given the town a purpose built venue to host bands from a number of genres including Mumford and Son, Funeral for a Friend and The Levellers to name but a few. There are also regular acoustic sessions in the upstairs bar. As well as the Apex, Bury St Edmunds has a number of smaller live venue such as The Hunter Club and The LP. During the summer, the Abbey Gardens holds its own music festival Abbeyfest which features themed music nights.


Bury St Edmunds has an eclectic array of shops for the discerning shopper. The opening of The Arc on the site of the old cattle market has become a hub for high-street giants such as Debenhams, Topshop and H&M, while the pretty side-streets just off the town centre provide a plethora of independent retailers with some very interesting specialisms ranging from extreme sports to real ales.

Comedy, Theatre and Film

In the last year, Bury St Edmunds has been visited by high-profile comedians such as Russell Brand and Tim Minchin. Bury St Edmunds biggest regular comedy night, The Fat Cat Comedy Club is held once a month at the apex. Benson Blakes also put on their own comedy nights once a month providing an intimate atmosphere for both professional comedian and open mic nights. The Theatre Royal provides a wide range of shows from traditional theatre to music, comedy and dance. The Theatre itself has an interesting history, originally opened in 1819, it is one of the oldest of its type in the country; backstage tours of this fascinating building are held frequently. If you like films, Bury St Edmunds has two cinemas. Cineworld is an 8 screen multiplex cinema with adjacent restaurants and often run discounts for midweek showing while the Abbeygate Picturehouse on Hatter Street is a comfortable two-screen cinema showing films away from the mainstream.

Sport and Leisure

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College main campus is situated adjacent to the Abbeycroft Leisure Centre which offers a whole range of fitness fun including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and other sports including badminton, squash, table tennis and basketball. For those who prefer a more holistic approach to fitness, there is The Self Centre on Moreton Hall, specialising in yoga, pilates, Tai Chi and meditation. The Bury St Edmunds Skatepark provides a place for BMXers, bladers and boarders to showcase their skills.

Eating and drinking

Over the last few years, Bury St Edmunds has developed quite a cafe culture with wide range of high street chains and independents. For those wanting a meal out, there is a wide range of cuisines available from high-end restaurants to traditional pub meals. With the Greene King brewery located in the town centre, Bury St Edmunds is heartland for pub culture. Many of Burys pubs have stood on their sites for over 200 years and there has recently been a resurgence in the real ale culture with many pubs specialising in local fayre and two brewing their own beer.

History and Culture

Bury St Edmunds, is a beautiful town with a number of historic landmarks, the most well-known of which have to be the Abbey Gardens and the Cathedral. The Abbey Gardens is a park built within and around the ruins of a once-great medieval abbey; it offers a beautiful scenic backdrop all year round and boasts tennis courts, a play area, a bowling green and an aviary. Bury St Edmunds is also home to The Nutshell which, with a bar measuring just 15ft by 7ft, holds the title of smallest pub in Britain. Bury St Edmunds Moyses Hall is an intimate museum set in one of the town centres oldest buildings. It features a number of exhibits including one of the largest horology (or clock) collections in the country, a room dedicated to the Royal Anglia Regiment and artefacts from the darker side of Burys history such as crime and witchcraft.

Facilities at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College

  • Library
  • University of Suffolk common room
  • Stationery Shop
  • Two Student Diners - Da Vinci's and The Bistro
  • A grab and go dining facility in The Gateway building
  • Edmunds Restaurant
  • In Vogue hair and beauty salon
  • Conservatoire East Theatre

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University of Suffolk
West Suffolk College
Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3RL

T: 01284 716341