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New University: Somerset

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consideration he has given to the establishment of a new university in Somerset. (205680)

We have responded to the clear demand for local university provision by giving the chance for 20 towns or regions to develop new university centres or campuses by 2014. I am delighted by the interest and enthusiasm which this new “University Challenge” has generated. Any specific proposal in Somerset would of course be considered on its merits, and such proposals will be assessed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.