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Reaction to the news that UCS gains approval to become the University of Suffolk

17 May 2016 3:00PM

Stakeholders of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have been giving their reaction today to the news that UCS has received approval to proceed to independent university status.

UCS has also successfully met the criteria for University Title, which means it has been granted permission by the Privy Council to become the University of Suffolk. It is planned for this change to occur from 1 August 2016.

Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council and UCS Board member

University Campus Suffolk has been a real success story for Ipswich and the wider Suffolk communities. Developing the waterfront site year on year with its ever growing student body, the facilities at UCS are excellent and theres a great buzz around Ipswich waterfront and the town as a whole.

A great deal of credit must go to Richard and his whole team who have worked tirelessly to develop such a broad range of subjects that students can now study there. It is fantastic news that they have been awarded independent status, my congratulations go to everyone involved. Its an historic moment for the county as we celebrate university status.

Ipswich is really going places with significant investment and new development planned for coming years. The students who study in Suffolk have the opportunity to help shape the future of the town and be part of its renaissance by living, working and studying in Ipswich at the new university.

Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Chairman Ipswich Vision Board and UCS Board member:

A University for Suffolk is a triumph for everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this outstanding result. It confirms the place of high quality education at the heart of our economy and community. And it sends a message, loud and clear to the world, that Suffolk is a growing national and international hub for talent, ideas and entrepreneurship, and is one of the best places in the world to learn, work and live. We could not be more proud of Richard Lister and his team.

Sarah Howard, President of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce:

Simply put: University Campus Suffolk is good news for business.

Over its first eight years, it has been a game-changer in increasing the local supply and retention of skilled and talented young people. It has also strengthened the bond between the worlds of education and work by both securing new business-oriented research funding and by deepening its collaboration with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and the wider business community.

Independence will ensure that UCS can make an even greater contribution to a more prosperous Suffolk PLC.

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust:

I am delighted that UCS have become an independent university. We hugely value our partnership with the University and their strong commitment to the health sector and I am sure with their new independence, we will build on that relationship. The future workforce is perhaps the greatest challenge to the health and social sector and I am sure that, together, we will be in an excellent position to develop a workforce that will meet these challenges

Karen Hester, Chief Operating Officer of Adnams and UCS honorary graduate:

Since welcoming its first students in 2007, UCS has proved more than capable of being able to go independent from the other four universities in the region. I am proud to be associated with such a prestigious university.

Jordan Bambridge, President of the UCS Students Union:

This is amazing news for students in Suffolk. This is the next step of an incredible journey. Its a privilege to be here at the beginning of this next stage.