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University Centre Shrewsbury welcomes its first undergraduates in 50 days’ time.

As the final few weeks count down until they embark on courses, members of the team and the wider Shropshire community have shared their thoughts on what the new Higher Education Institution means, now and in the future, for Shrewsbury, the county and beyond.

Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, said: “The arrival of the University Centre marks an exciting time for Shrewsbury. 

“For local businesses, it provides the opportunity for economic growth, and for students, the town offers a good mix of shops and eating and drinking establishments in a delightful setting, which will enhance their learning experience.”

Byron Grainger-Jones, Chairman of Finance for Shrewsbury Civic Society, said: “We particularly welcome the University Centre, as its staff and students will add enormously to the artistic, sporting and cultural quality of Shropshire's remarkable county town."

The Civic Society is a substantial organisation, dedicated to preserving the town’s superb historic architecture while encouraging best practice in new development.

Councillor Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for University Centre Shrewsbury, explained why she was looking forward to the next steps in the development of the University Centre: “This is a fantastic opportunity to study in Shrewsbury, a medieval market town steeped in history and culture. The accommodation is new and centrally located close to other University Centre sites.

“I am very excited about having a University in Shropshire and working in association with the business community to provide opportunities in the county for both undergraduates and graduates.”

Sir David Lees, Chair of the University Centre Shrewsbury Advisory Board, said: “It is important that we have a new prominent place of Higher Education in Shrewsbury. The University Centre is a significant development, to which I am very pleased to contribute.”

Sir David is a former boss of three FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) 100 Index companies and former Head of the Confederation of British Industry’s Economic Affairs Committee, as well as ex-Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England.

Paul Kirkbright, University Centre Shrewsbury Deputy Provost added: “With 50 days to go until our undergraduates arrive, everyone is focused on making sure everything is in place to ensure they enjoy an outstanding experience and that this is an institution of a character and scale fitting to Shrewsbury, bringing new and varied prospects for students, the town and Shropshire.

“It will be an honour to show the pioneering students Shrewsbury, all its features and welcome them to their new home.

“Thank you to everyone who is supporting and working with us to establish University Centre Shrewsbury.”

Founded by the University of Chester and Shropshire Council, the University Centre is focused on high-quality teaching and research, fostering entrepreneurship, contributing to the community and ultimately, making a global impact.

The undergraduates arriving in September follow in the footsteps of postgraduates who started courses in autumn 2014.

To find out more about University Centre Shrewsbury go to www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk

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