The University of Central Lancashire has announced it is working with Burnley Council to bring forward a plan for increasing student accommodation, to support its ambitions to attract 2,000 students to the town by 2021.
Pro-chancellor and chairman of the University board, David Taylor, said: “By working alongside our partners at Burnley Council we are developing a cohesive, long-term plan for a significant university presence in the town. Purpose-built student accommodation is a vital element in attracting students to the area and ultimately providing the skills supply needed to maximise Burnley’s economic resurgence and help fulfil its stated masterplan ambitions.”
The intention to build student accommodation follows on from the University’s recent purchase of Victoria Mill, the former University Technical College. The plan is to increase the number of Burnley-based students from under 400 to 2,000 by 2021, and up to 4,000 by 2025.
Dr Ebrahim Adia, provost at UCLan Burnley, added: “We have ambitious plans to increase the number of University students educated in Burnley by ten-fold and for us to realise this intention we need to develop an environment which truly enhances the overall student experience. Purpose-built student accommodation on the banks of the canal, adjacent to the University’s Victoria Mill, will play a key role in helping us fulfil our vision.”
- Adia will be speaking on UCLan’s Burnley plans at an event with Burnley Council, in partnership with Place North West, on Tuesday 30 October in Manchester. Click here to book your ticket