High hopes for new University Campus MK

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Labour shadow minister Shabana Mahmood MP visited the city last week to add her support to the opening of the new University Campus MK site.

The Labour team was in Milton Keynes on Thursday for a tour of the Open University campus in Walton Hall and to visit the UCMK building in Saxon Court.

Mrs Mahmood, Labour’s shadow minister for higher education, was invited to the city by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, Andrew Pakes.

Labour has welcomed the development of the UCMK as the first stage towards a fully-fledged university in the city.

The final touches are now being made to the UCMK building, with 120 students due to start their studies later this month.

The Labour team met with professor David Barrett, Dean of UCMK, and other members of the senior management team.

Mrs Mahmood said: “It was great to meet staff and students at the new UCMK campus and to hear more about their plans to expand higher education provision in the city.

“The Open University and UCMK are tremendous assets to Milton Keynes and the wider knowledge economy and the pioneering work they are doing in collaboration with the city will benefit learners of all ages, as well as local business and industry.”

Mrs Pakes said: “The UCMK campus is an exciting first step towards expanding our higher education provision in the city. We have an amazing network of skills providers in the city and the new UCMK campus takes us a step closer to creating our own local university.

“It is great to get an opportunity to showcase our achievements to Shabana and to get Labour support for UCMK.”

Pictured are professor David Barrett (Dean of UCMK), professor Mary Malcolm (deputy vice-chancellor, University of Bedfordshire), Shabana Mahmood MP, Andrew Pakes and Charlie Ray (students’ union co-ordinator).