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21 September 2005

Proposal for a new University of Cumbria welcomed by HEFCE

Proposals published today which could lead to the creation of a new University of Cumbria have been welcomed by HEFCE.

The proposals which are contained in a report by Sir Martin Harris will be discussed by the governing bodies of the higher and further education institutions participating in the University Education in Cumbria project.

Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the HEFCE, said:

"We want to ensure that everyone with an interest has a chance to discuss these proposals, which we believe would greatly improve opportunities for learners of all ages throughout Cumbria, and for employers and employees in both the public and private sectors.

"I would like to thank Sir Martin for producing a challenging and exciting set of proposals and hope we can all work together building on past progress to ensure a successful outcome. We are looking initially for broad support by the end of September and more formal agreement by the end of December 2005."


Initial Proposal for a New University of Cumbria
Report by Sir Martin Harris

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