A new university campus is set to receive its first students in Central Milton Keynes this September.
Milton Keynes Council and the University of Bedfordshire have formed a partnership to open a new campus at Saxon Court, subject to planning permission.
A bid is also being put together for nearly £9million of government funds.
The first cohort of up to 120 students will be a mix of local, UK and international students, both full and part-time. Provision will include foundation courses, undergraduate degrees, pre-masters courses and post-graduate degrees (including doctorates). The first students to progress from MK College have already registered.
At the outset the core academic programme will focus on engineering & technology. There will also be undergraduate degrees in journalism, psychology and criminology.
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.
“UCMK will be home and international; student and employer; and teaching and research.”
Leader of Milton Keynes Council, Andrew Geary added: “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, focusing on the skills needed by businesses moving to and growing in Milton Keynes, which in turn creates the right jobs for new graduates.
“As well as ‘homegrown talent’ we also want to attract international students, which is also good news for the local economy as it will help to put Milton Keynes on the global map.”
Professor David Barrett, the University’s Dean of Partnerships and Interim Dean of UCMK said: “UCMK is the product of a close constructive relationship between the University of Bedfordshire and MK Council. It is a relationship that will go from strength to strength as UCMK grows in student numbers, academic offer and in regional impact and influence.”