Norwich’s second university is just a few weeks away after ministers today gave the plans the official green light.

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Norwich’s second university is just a few weeks away after ministers today gave the plans the official green light.

The government has announced that ten specialist colleges are set to become universities under the biggest expansion of higher education for 20 years.

One of these will be the Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA).

Universities Minister David Willetts will now recommend to the Privy Council that the institutions have met the criteria to be awarded the title of university meaning the change should go through within six weeks.

The move is the biggest creation of universities since 1992, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said.

It comes after the government lowered the threshold on student numbers needed for an institution to apply for the title.

NUCA had previously been unable to call itself a university because it did not have the 4,000 students needed to qualify.

The university college has been facing increasing demand on places at its Norwich city centre campus but, because of government-imposed restrictions on growth, it had not been able to admit more students.

The new university title will not change that situation and will not impact on the running of the site.

But it is hoped it will clear up confusion over what a “university college” really is and ensure Nuca gets the recognition it deserves as a high-quality specialist education provider.

Nuca principal John Last said: “Well-established institutions like us, with a long history and international reputation for outstanding quality and excellence, deserve to be recognised alongside larger universities in the sector. This is a very positive move which will simplify our message to prospective students while retaining our links to our proud heritage.”

Mr Willetts, who was originally expected to make the announcement tomorrow, said: “These well-known and highly-regarded university colleges represent over 1,200 years of history between them. It is right to remove the barriers preventing high-quality higher education providers like these calling themselves universities simply because of their size.

“I am delighted that they have taken up the opportunity offered by our reforms. This will lead to the biggest creation of universities since 1992 and will enable more people to realise their aspiration of going to a university.”

The institutions being put forward to the Privy Council for approval are: The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, Harper Adams University College, Leeds Trinity University College, Newman University College, Birmingham, Norwich University College of the Arts, Royal Agricultural College, University College Birmingham, University College Falmouth and University College Plymouth St Mark & St John.

Norwich’s other university is the University of East Anglia.

See tomorrow’s paper for more.

10 comments

  • Biglingers, you don't need an apostrophe unless you are talking about something belonging to the Uni in question. "V", have you heard of the University of East Anglia and its excellent reputation for engineering and the sciences? It's about balance and the importance of culture should not be underestimated.

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    AdamE

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • When is Norwich going to get a university which teaches engineering and the sciences ?. Real courses instead of rubbish, namby pamby courses ?. Just look at some of the paintings & drawings through the windows. I wouldnt even light my fire with them. Don't tell me City college does those courses either. They are age discriminatory on who they take in.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • So there's no change really then?

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Why is that "devaluing Uni's" [sic] ? Are you just being a snob? If they offer degree-level course then why not?

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    LLCK

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Degrees have become devalued since a place at "Uni" has become a fashion accessory for spoilt brats. Norwich will soon become the epicentre of "Desmonds".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Congratulations to NUCA. This news helps promote Norwich as a modern go ahead City, whereas some of the negative regulars on here merely detract from it.

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Devaluing universities (got it right this time? - uni's is an acceptable abbreviation - perhaps LLCK missed out on one!!). Ask the 'Oxbrdge' universities their view. (re-read by another to make sure there are no mistakes).

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    biglingers

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Talk about devaluing Uni's - soon there'll be more than senior schools! Maybe they want the fees!

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • It`s an Art College . We`ve too many Universities to start with . Most of the students would be better in the University of Life , than studying pointless subjects .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • This is most well deserved. Talking to some students from NUCA the other day, they were clear some of the courses offered there are the best in the country.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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