Milton Keynes is stepping up a gear with the launch of a new university campus in the city centre.
The University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council teamed up on Friday to launch a new base and courses at University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK), with a focus on engineering and technology.
The first of up to 120 students to progress from Milton Keynes College have already registered with the first intake of students. UCMK is set to be based in Saxon Court, in Avebury Boulevard, in September.
Education chiefs are confident of winning nearly £9million government money.
Saxon Court is currently used by Milton Keynes Council but its workforce is shrinking. A planning application to change the use of Saxon Court will be lodged with the council next month. Education and council chiefs are confident the the development control committee won’t disagree.
Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, said: “This is an exciting new chapter for both the University of Bedfordshire and for Milton Keynes. University Campus Milton Keynes – UCMK – delivers on long-held local ambitions, but is also national and international in its scope.
“We will soon begin the move into Saxon Court and each University of Bedfordshire faculty and department will be represented. It is a quality, flexible, face to face higher education offer, alongside continuous professional development opportunities for employees and employers.”
Milton Keynes Council leader, Andrew Geary said: “University Campus Milton Keynes will bring a major boost to the city. It has been a long term ambition to offer face to face degree-level teaching to our growing communities, without the need for people to travel elsewhere. UCMK will help us ‘home grow’ this next generation skilled workforce.”