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About the University of Suffolk

After nine years of strengthening its reputation the University of Suffolk, formally known as University Campus Suffolk, achieved University status in 2016. This evolution was much faster than expected, faster than any other institution, which speaks volumes for the quality of education on offer here and the quality processes completed to achieve full status.

Before now, Suffolk was one of only four counties in the UK without a university, and both staff and students have been working towards establishing the institution as a distinct and reputable place of study. Considering its humble beginnings and the fact that the University of Suffolk is young and small compared to other institutions, its growth is of key economic and educational importance: putting Suffolk on the map as an exciting destination for students to learn and discover opportunity.

The University of Suffolk is agile and responsive, custom built for a changing world, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. It is committed to being economically relevant and having a measurable civic impact, whilst remaining student centric.

The University of Suffolk is comprised of the main Ipswich Campus, with learning networks in the Further Education Colleges in Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, and at Suffolk New College, Ipswich.

Join Us

If you are considering us as a place to work, we know that our ongoing success depends on yours, so we’ll always help you to thrive. We are looking for people with the energy and insight to help drive us forward, while responding to the new challenges we face every day. To inspire our students to achieve more than they ever thought possible, while equipping them with the skills they’ll need to flourish in an unpredictable future. To engage in research that tackles today’s issues while making an enduring difference to the communities we serve and to the wider world beyond. By challenging conventional thinking, all our staff contribute directly to our ongoing evolution as a pioneering 21st century university. 

The University is developing rapidly and applies a contemporary approach to higher education, with students in Ipswich welcomed into state-of-the-art learning, studying and social spaces.

University of Suffolk offers a wide range of excellent facilities and benefits to staff. We offer generous holiday allowances, together with flexible working and a contributory pension scheme. We believe the wellbeing of staff is extremely important - for full details see:

Staff Development

As a staff member, you will be able to access all of the development sessions that we offer. We ensure that training needs are identified and provision is in place to meet institutional, as well as individual, needs.

We work closely with specialist internal and external providers to design programmes which meet these specific requirements.

  • Academic Leadership
  • Management Development
  • Research and Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Health and Safety
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Personal Development
  • IT

Personal Study


We offer a 100% fee waiver for staff wishing to study a University of Suffolk undergraduate or postgraduate course, irrespective of the relevance to their job role. The offer is subject to conditions and these can be found in our Support for Staff Academic Study and Continuing Professional Development Policy, once you are appointed.



The Ipswich Campus is the main hub of the University and is built around and along the Ipswich Waterfront and Marina. Here you will find buildings that have been equipped to deliver the very best in learning and teaching facilities, with teaching labs (such as the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training), lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technologies.

The Waterfront Building has six floors, one auditorium which seats 200 people, two main lecture theatres each seating 140 people and 34 teaching rooms seating between 18 and 80 people. Adjacent to the reception is a stunning exhibition space, which hosts a range of exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing the work of students, alumni, staff and guest artists.

Every teaching room has state-of-the-art AV equipment enhancing students learning experience and spread across the open study areas there are approximately 50 iMacs. The dual function technology allows students to choose between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac software, allowing students to utilise the technology that best supports their chosen field of study.  The Waterfront Building supports flexible learning with open study on all floors, where students can access networked computers.  The whole building is wheelchair accessible and has open plan offices.

 The James Hehir Building includes the latest clinical skills and sports and exercise laboratories, along with specialist bioscience teaching and research facilities.

The Arts Building has among its many facilities; painting, sculpture, drawing and print studios; installation and video spaces; a film studio; and two dance studios. There is also a cafe and social space for students and staff to enjoy. This complements a cafe and gallery in the Waterfront Building and Cult Cafe Bar in the James Hehir Building.

The newly refurbished Atrium building contains the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) was launched in 2016 as a dedicated centre for business and innovation excellence with the aim of driving innovation across the region, fostering growth by working with start-ups, scale-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses, becoming a focal point for innovation and enterprise on the University of Suffolk campus.

University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College is situated in the Education Quarter of Ipswich. Based in a state of the art, £70m building situated on Rope Walk, just to the north of the main  Ipswich Waterfront Campus.

Providing a friendly and welcoming environment in which to learn, excellent facilities include a laboratory fitted with new equipment for concrete testing, tensile analysis and assessing the engineering properties of soil. It also offers convenient access to the waterfront amenities only a few minutes walk away.

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College is located at the site of West Suffolk College, an established centre for Higher Education with a twenty year pedigree, delivering a range of courses to the local community and beyond, having its own unique identity and offering a friendly atmosphere in which to study. A wide range of career-related Foundation degrees are offered, which combine work with studying, as well as Honours degree programmes.

University of Suffolk at East Coast College has two locations, one in Lowestoft and one in Great Yarmouth, both providing a friendly and relaxed place to study, and a supportive environment.

University of Suffolk at East Coast College (Lowestoft) provides higher education courses to serve the academic, vocational, employment and professional needs of the communities in the East of England. In a bid to match the needs of the local community, University of Suffolk at East Coast College (Lowestoft) has recently developed the courses it offers, and now has a suite of Foundation degrees.

University of Suffolk at East Coast College (Great Yarmouth) is within easy reach of the meandering waterways of the Norfolk Broads, expanses of beautiful countryside and is a short train ride from the cultural city of Norwich. The University of Suffolk at east Coast College (Great Yarmouth) offers its students state-of-the-art facilities and industry-standard equipment on its growing range of Foundation and Honours degrees.

The majority of lecturers teaching Foundation and Honours degrees still work in, and are active in, their specialisms and have forged lasting relationships with employers.


Food Outlets

The Waterfront Building has the Cargo Coffee House on the ground floor which is open to staff, students and the public, offering a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunch items. Food and drink is discounted for staff and students.

Cult Cafe bar is located on the ground floor of the James Hehir building and provides a relaxed, licenced facility for students, staff and members of the public. Open each day at 8.00 am for breakfast, with the main menu being served until 9.00 pm and live music and  entertainment until late. University of Suffolk staff and students receive a generous 20% discount.