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Stafford MP says Uni Board split over decision to leave the county town

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

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STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy says members of Staffordshire University's board of governors are split on whether to downsize in the county town.

The university's board of governors will meet at the end of the month to decide the future of the town campus - whether to retain a presence in Stafford or move everything to the main Stoke campus.

Mr Lefroy said he thought the decision would not be clear-cut: "I have spoken with a lot of people and I think there's a genuine split on the board between people who think we should keep a substantial presence in Stafford and those who think it should be reduced.

"I don't think it will be a unanimous decision either way."

His view was echoed by Simon Crofts, a former student who until recently was on the board of governors. He left after moving his business to Birmingham.

He said: "I love Stafford and for me the decision on which university to go to in 1996 was based on that. I and a number of other people would have reconsidered going if it had been in Stoke but at the same time I completely understand the reasons they're having to consider the options. It's a really difficult time for all universities. If you look at the bigger picture survival of the university is the most important thing."

The board's decision will be anounced on January 30.


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