University Campus Suffolk

Infobox University
name = University Campus Suffolk

image_size = 120px
established = 1st August 2007
city = Suffolk
campus = Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft
country = England
affiliations = University of East Anglia, University of Essex, West Suffolk College, Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Otley College, East England Development Agency, Ipswich Burough Council, Suffolk County Council
website = [ University Campus Suffolk]
[ Otley College]
[ West Suffolk College]
[ Lowestoft College]
[ Great Yarmouth College]
[ Suffolk New College]

University Campus Suffolk is an educational institution located in the county of Suffolk, United Kingdom that welcomed its first students in September 2007. Until then Suffolk was one of the four counties which did not have a University campus [ [ About UCS] ] . The UCS is collaboration between its parent universities, the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia, its partner colleges and local government.


University Campus Suffolk operatres as a "Centre for Applied Sustainability" which means in their day-to-day operations they are playing closer attention to; minimising waste produced by the organisation, which includes recycling; reducing the consumption of energy; saving/ being more efficient with consumption of water; helping students and staff travel in sustainable ways; and constructing and refurbishing buildings sustainably. [ [ Centre for Applied Sustainability] ] .

An example of UCSs work with sustainablity is the Phase 1 campus development which has been awarded a BREEAM (BRE's Environmental Assessment method). This signifies that the development is setting the "best practice in sustainable development". [ [ University Campus Suffolk celebrates achieving an Excellent BREEAM rating] ]


University Campus Suffolk's teaching is split into two different faculties, Arts, Business and Social Sciences and Health, Wellbeing and Science.

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences comprises the Suffolk School of Arts, Suffolk Business School and Suffolk School of Social Sciences.

:*Suffolk School of Arts – Specialises in degrees in the “Arts” ranging from Fine Art, to English Literature to Computer Games design. The Suffolk School of Arts courses often require students to work with peers, participate in research projects and undertake work placements. []

:*Suffolk Business School - The School has over 400 students, 30 staff and a suite of courses which comprise of 20 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Courses provided by the school include Business Management, Hospitality Management and Marketing Communications with options in some cases to study at the other UCS Campuses. The Suffolk Business School also takes pride in its partnerships with other universities within the United States and Europe where students can undertake further learning and work placements. []

*:Suffolk School of Social Sciences – The School of Social Sciences boasts the largest amount of students studying on its courses with over 500 since UCS' creation. The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate, PGCEs and a selection of short courses for business. The lecturers within the school take an active role within the classroom and also outside the classroom with Kevin Pettican making visits to Iraq to help the training of social workers and Suzanna Pickerin helping to establish courses at the University of Gambia. []

Faculty of Health, Wellbeing and Science

The faculty of Health, Wellbeing and Science consists of School of Allied Health Professions and Science, School of Pre-Registration Nursing, School of Post-Registration Studies and Social Work and School of Inter-professional Studies and Midwifery.

:*School of Allied Health Professions and Science - The School of Allied Health Professions and Science offers honours degrees and higher diplomas in a range of health and science related courses. The School offers: BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, BSc (Hons) Oncology and Radiotherapy Technology, BSc (Hons) Human Biology, BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health, BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Dip HE Operating Department Practice and lastly, a one year Science Foundation. The School prides its self on its relationship with local hospitals and has a good reputation for providing trained students into the East's hospitals and beyond. [ [| School of Allied Health Professions and Science] ]

:*School of Pre-Registration Nursing – The 600 student strong school has centres based in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Great Yarmouth. All staff within the school hold professional nursing qualifications and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, this enables them to promote a contemporary, evidence based practice. [ [| School of Nursing and Wellbeing] ]

:*School of Post-Registration Studies and Social Work – The school's primary focus is with developing and enhancing professional practice in health and social care. The courses offered are developed in partnership with employers i.e.NHS Trusts and PCTs(etc), to ensure that the academic awards will enhance professional knowledge and practice. These programmes are also validated by professional bodies such as the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Professions Council (HPC). [ [| School of Post-Registration Studies and Social Work] ]

:*School of Inter-professional Studies and Midwifery – The courses provided by this school are focused at developing the knowledge, skills and specialisms of health and social care professions. The School leads and delivers the pre registration midwifery course which on completion allows students to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). [ [| School of Inter-professional Studies and Midwifery] ]


The main campus will be in Ipswich, with regional centres (UCS Learning Network centres) located in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft, Otley and Great Yarmouth.

Suffolk will soon have a thriving university campus with a hub in the county town of Ipswich, together with linked campuses across the county. In Ipswich this development will be in the Ipswich Education Quarter, located on and around the town's exciting and rapidly redeveloping Waterfront. There will be major new campuses at the other sites to meet the needs of further and higher education, the development of UCS is a regional initiative serving the whole of Suffolk and its borders.

UCS will also feature smaller, local innovative learning centres across the county offering advice, opportunities and progression routes to further study at university level. UCS will help to ensure that university, or "higher" education is accessible to as many people as possible.

The founding higher education institutions - University of East Anglia and University of Essex, with the partner colleges have come together to offer a unique collaboration of further and higher education. The universities, building on their established reputations in teaching and research are collaborating with the colleges to offer a professionally and vocationally relevant curriculum.21st century [ [ The UCS Story] ] .

Ipswich Campus

Construction of the main campus on the Ipswich waterfront commenced in 2006 with the first facilities planned to be ready for use in September 2008. Further facilities will be built in phases over a period of 3-8 years [ [ Developments at UCS] ] . The campus has been designed by RMJM Architects and is intended to be a landmark building and the focus for the Ipswich Education Quarter [ [ New views of dockside campus plan] ] .

The Ipswich Campus is located on the waterfront in the Ipswich Education Quarter, situated a few minutes walk from the centre of the county town. Bars and restaurants, all located on the waterfront, give a trendy feel to this vibrant area. The iconic new building opens in September 2008. This means that students commencing their studies in 2009 will be the second cohort of students to enjoy the new facilities should they choose to study at the Ipswich Campus. Ipswich itself offers a superb range of facilities for all students, whether they like socialising in cafés, restaurants and bars with friends, walking through themedieval streets and country parks, or making the most of the multi-screen cinema and leisure complex. [UCS 2009 Prospectus]

University Campus Suffolk at Suffolk New College

Suffolk New College is in the Ipswich Education Quarter, neighbouring the UCS Ipswich Campus, and hosts University Campus Suffolk at Suffolk New College.

Suffolk College is a vocational education institution that offers higher education courses on behalf of UCS.
As of 2008, these are part-time Foundation and Bachelor of Science degree courses in the field of construction and the built environment. [Cite web
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quote=Suffolk New College, located in central Ipswich, offers vocational programmes, AS/A levels, GCSEs, Apprenticeships and much more in an exciting and stimulating environment.

UCS Otley

The Otley Centre is located at the site of Otley College, situated just eight miles outside of Ipswich. In contrast to the urban environment of Ipswich, this area has some stunning villages and miles of rolling countryside.

Otley has a long history of delivering land-based industry courses and provides students with the opportunity to learn, train and socialise within a friendly environment. The Centre offers a range of exciting Foundation degrees for those students interested in studying for a higher education qualification with a specific vocational element. [ [| Otley Centre] ]

UCS Bury St. Edmunds

The Bury St Edmunds Centre is located at the site of West Suffolk College, an established centre for Higher Education with a ten year pedigree.
UCS Bury St Edmunds offers a range of courses for the local community and beyond. The Centre has its own unique identity and offers a friendly atmosphere in which to study.

The Centre offers courses, from career-related Foundation degrees which combine work with study, to postgraduate qualifications.

Increasing access to higher education is of great importance to the Centre. The success of the Centres Access to Education courses, have opened up the possibility of degree level qualifications to many students who believed they could never achieve at university level. There are two Access awards – Access to Humanities and Access to Health and Social Care.

Recent and continuing investment ensures that the facilities are among the best in the region. UCS Bury St Edmunds is preparing for an increase in student numbers, with enrolments expected to double.

In September 2007 the new Arts and Science facility opened in Leonardo House. The next stage of a five year building plan will be a new Technology Centre.

In recent years, West Suffolk College has created a £1.5 million building for students in the Faculty of Humanities and Health and spent substantial amounts on refurbishments across a whole range of subject areas. There are plans to build a further 19,000 square metres over the next few years. The redevelopment will make better use of the large woodland area adjacent to the campus. UCS Bury St Edmunds’ students will benefit significantly from all of these developments.

Other changes are designed to improve car parking and traffic flow to the site, in conjunction with the Public Service village being created by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. [ [| UCS Bury St. Edmunds] ]

UCS Lowestoft

The Lowestoft Centre is located at the site of Lowestoft College. The Centre provides higher education courses to serve the academic, vocational, employment and professional needs of the communities in the east of England. A strong emphasis is put on supporting students to ensure all can enjoy and make the most of their studies.

The friendly coastal town of Lowestoft is Britain’s most easterly town, providing a mixture of expansive award-winning beaches, rich maritime heritage and links to the Norfolk Broads National Park, the internationally renowned RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve and other designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. [ [| Lowestoft Centre] ]

UCS Great Yarmouth

The Great Yarmouth Centre is located at the site of Great Yarmouth College and boasts many facilities, including a state-of-the-art library, media and resource centres. UCS Great Yarmouth delivers an array of high quality education to students from all walks of life, working with local and national employers to tailor courses to meet the needs of today’s work place. UCS Great Yarmouth stands at the heart of a lively seaside town rich in heritage, colour and energy. Located on the east coast of England, Great Yarmouth is a vibrant town just a short train journey away from the cultural city of Norwich and the beautiful Norfolk Broads. [ [| Great Yarmouth Centre] ]

UCS Students' Union

UCS Students' Union was formed on 1 August 2007, the same day UCS was officially launched.

The Executive Committee for 2007/08 was Howard Smith, President, and four non-portfolio officers: Charlotte Bowles, Louise Miles, Andy Speed, Ed Watson. The position of trustee of president was paid part-time for this first term; all other positions were voluntary.

A number of changes to the Constitution were approved at the Annual General Meeting on 13 March 2008. These included the creation of the full-time post of Vice-President/Welfare Officer and changing the four non-portfolio positions to those of Clubs' Officer, Democracy Officer, Media Officer and Societies' Officer.

Elections on 6-8 May 2008 resulted in Howard Smith being re-elected as President for a second term (full-time). The other successful candidates were Kat Burbridge (Vice-President/Welfare Officer, Andy Speed (Clubs' Officer), Gary Harvey (Democracy Officer), Ski Evans (Media Officer) and Beattie Roberts (Societies' Officer).cite web | url= | title=Election results | publisher=UCS Students' Union | accessdate=2008-06-20]


External links

*oscoor|TM169441|Map sources for Ipswich Campus, University Campus Suffolk
* [ Official website]
* [| Apply for a prospectus online]
* [ UCS Students' Union]
* [ Planing application for Ipswich Campus]
* [ Otley College]
* [ West Suffolk College]
* [ Lowestoft College]
* [ Great Yarmouth College]
* [ Ipswich Borough Council]
* [ Suffolk County Council]

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