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Higher Education: Northamptonshire

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to establish a multi-campus university in North Northamptonshire. (205709)

We want to give everyone who has the talent the chance to go to university whether they are about to leave school or already in work. Students should have access to local provision offering flexible courses to suit their needs. We are therefore delighted by the interest that our new university challenge has generated. This policy also offers places the opportunity to unlock the potential in their area by working with those involved in regeneration and economic planning to provide locally-based HE provision. We have already agreed to meet delegations from towns in North Northamptonshire to discuss these issues. Any proposals for new university campuses or centres of HE will be assessed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.