Staffordshire University in line for a £90m boost

A £90 million investment could be ploughed into Staffordshire University, it emerged today, as the future of one of its campuses remained in doubt.

The Beaconside and Blackheath sites in Stafford are subject to a review by bosses, with one possibility being courses relocated to Stoke-on-Trent. The new investment, which will range between £30m and £90m, was approved by the board of governors this week. They are now working out the best way to spend the cash through consultations.

Vice chancellor Professor Michael Gunn said: “With an evolution in how people and businesses want to interact with universities and with an increasingly diverse range of students, it is critical that we work on creating the best learning environment possible.

“This significant investment will ensure that the university’s estate is fit for the 21st century and will considerably enhance the university experience for students, clients, visitors and staff.”

A decision on what to spend the cash on will be made over the next 12 months.

MP Jeremy Lefroy today joined calls for the university to keep its campus in Stafford.

“Being in Stafford is very good for the university and moving out courses would be a mistake for them,” he said.

“Having the option of two campuses is very beneficial. The university doesn’t want to just look at cost, but the student experience.”