A University for Milton Keynes moves one step closer

Thu 22 Mar 2012

Milton Keynes College has advanced the cause for a University in the city having won government funding to offer almost a hundred and fifty degree places of its own.  The news places the College firmly in the top echelon of Colleges around the country and is being seen as recognition of the breadth and quality of education on offer at the institution.  It also demonstrates that the government accepts there is a need and a demand for University courses in the city.

Principal and Chief Executive of the College, Dr. Julie Mills, says, “For the first time this gives the College and the city a degree of independence in Higher Education, allowing us to offer worthwhile and desirable degree-level education to people in our own way.  The increased range of HE courses we will now be able to offer will have enormous benefits for students in and around Milton Keynes who wish to continue to live and work in the area whilst still being able to study towards degree level qualifications.  This is wonderful news and is largely due to the high quality of teaching offered by our staff.”

The College is one of only a handful of institutions up and down the country to receive new funding of this kind and only one of sixty-five in total out of more than 400 colleges to be given this stamp of approval from the Higher Education Funding Council.  It will mean students will be able to study locally full and part-time for degrees in a whole range of subjects including Engineering, Computing, Business, Journalism, Graphic Design and Performing Arts.  Degree courses will be taught at Milton Keynes College’s  Chaffron Way, Bletchley and University Centre Milton Keynes campus sites and degrees awarded by The University of Bedfordshire, among others.

The college is holding an open evening on 29th March at the UKMC site to discuss applications for September 2012 where experienced staff will be available to answer questions about student loans, HE bursaries and how to apply.

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