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28 January, 2020 - 13:49 By Kate Sweeney

Building plans for new University of Peterborough unveiled

Detailed proposals for a new University of Peterborough will be revealed to the public for the first time at a three day showcase event in February. 

The plans, including building designs, floor plans and an artist’s impression of the future campus, will be on display at Peterborough Cathedral in the afternoons and early evenings of February 3, 4 and 5.

The public are urged to drop in and give their views on the plans and members of the project team will be on hand to talk them through. Feedback on the proposals is being sought ahead of planning permission application, expected to be submitted in early Spring. 

The University of Peterborough, a new technical university, is being driven forward by James Palmer, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, in collaboration with Peterborough City Council.

Palmer said: “Peterborough has seen rapid expansion in both population and employment levels in recent years. Skills growth, however, has not kept up and skills levels in Peterborough are currently in the bottom 10 per cent of the country. 

“There simply aren’t enough workers with the right skills for businesses in Peterborough to thrive and, as a result, the affluence of the area has declined. 

“Unlike traditional universities that offer academic learning only, the University of Peterborough will provide students with the necessary training and skills to be directly successful in a range of employment disciplines.   

“What’s more, the university will deliver courses that are targeted specifically towards industries across Peterborough where demand currently outstrips availability of skilled workers, creating a pipeline of future employees.   

“The University of Peterborough will deliver a step-change in life chances for people in Peterborough and beyond, helping to improve and retain the skills of people in the region while also bringing additional opportunity and prosperity to the area.”  

The university is on track to open its doors to its first 2,000 students in 2022. By 2030, it is expected to offer courses for up to 12,500 students.

The first three faculties of the University are set to include business, innovation entrepreneurship and professional services; information technology, digital and creative services and AgriTech and environmental services. Planned future faculties include health and social care, engineering, manufacturing and advanced manufacturing. 

Courses will be delivered through a mixture of on campus lessons, in-work training and apprenticeships, with distance learning to improve accessibility and widen participation.  

The university will work with local industry and businesses to help shape the curriculum and secure opportunities to maximise the employability of its students.

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