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Stafford campus closure is a blow to the town, says MP

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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STAFFORD’S MP Jeremy Lefroy says the closure of the university campus is a great blow to the town.

“Clearly this is not the end of Staffordshire University's presence in Stafford - the Faculty of Health Sciences remains - but it is a major loss.

“There are now several things which must be done.

“Firstly, students in the computing department need to be given the assurance that they can continue and complete their courses without disruption.

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“Secondly, all staff need either to be offered the chance to move with the department or helped to find alternative work.

“Thirdly, I want to set up a working group with the county and borough as I hope the university and local chamber of commerce to attract high quality educational and research organisations to Stafford. The Beaconside campus is an excellent site and we need to make the most of it for the benefit of the local economy."

Mr Lefroy said he had spoken with the universities minister, David Willetts, and would do so again this week. He has also started arranging meetings with organisations which have shown an interest in providing higher education in the area.

He said: “While there is no disguising the great disappointment which I feel in the decision made by the University, I am determined that we should take the initiative and seek people who are prepared to invest in Stafford for the long-term as Alstom, Perkins, the Ministry of Defence, the County Council and several others have done recently.

“We also should not forget that the Computing Department is not being closed. It is moving to Stoke-on-Trent. I wish its students and all its staff well for the future. I trust that the university will reciprocate in working with us to find the best possible use for the Beaconside campus, which will bring our area great educational and employments opportunities for the long term.”

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  • unigrind  |  January 31 2014, 9:14AM

    With the run down of the hospital in Stafford, I can't see how long the University can keep their Faculty of Health Services in Stafford. People on this coarse will want to train in the hospital offering the greatest range of experiences and that will be UHNS. Mr Gunn has said he wont sell the existing campus to any other University so what can the site be used for other than building houses on it.

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