Peterborough, University Centre


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History: In August 2008 a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College, was formally established by creating a new University facility for Peterborough called ‘UCP’. This project, aimed at delivering high quality university education for Peterborough and its region, represents the single most important development in higher education in Peterborough’s history.

Address: A stone's throw from Peterborough's city centre offering good access to Queensgate shopping centre, bars, cafés, restaurants and the bus and train station for transport. Situated adjacent to Peterborough Regional College on the Park Crescent site in close proximity to the Thomas Deacon Academy, it creates a new education quarter in the city.

Ambience: Set in acres of green open space, it is relaxing and free of hustle and bustle yet only 10 to 15 minutes walk away from the city centre.

Who's the boss? Liz Knight is academic director.

Prospectus: 0845 196 5750 or view it online here.

UCAS code: P56

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Indeed. Most degree courses ask for 200 UCAS points on average. Foundation degrees are much lower, at 100 UCAS points.

Foundation Degrees: Computer science; crime and investigative studies; early years; playwork and education; management; public services.

Vital statistics: UCP currently has around 650 students on over 30 different degree-level programmes, including archaeology, business, construction, criminology, engineering, English literature, journalism, marketing, media, sociology, and computing. New degree programmes include performing arts BA (Hons), bioscience BSc (Hons) and bioscience FdSc.

Added value: The ultra modern 3,000 square metre build comprises a three-storey centre with a specially designed lecture theatre, a range of multi-purpose seminar and teaching rooms, state-of-the-art computer laboratories, a café, IT facilities and social areas.

Teaching: A dedicated team of staff are on hand to encourage and support students throughout their studies. UCP assures excellent teaching, individual attention and outstanding resources.

Any accommodation? Yes. Taverners Hall, set on two sites, opened in September 2011. Rents range between £83 to £107.50 per week, and includes free Wi-Fi, en-suite rooms and laundry facilities.

Cheap to live there? It varies. House shares are available for around £65 to £85 per week per person. Rents for one-bedroom apartments are more.

Transport links: There are good bus services, which pass by both of the college entrances. By road, UCP can be found just off the city's main ring road (A47) which provides links to local areas and the A1 motorway. Peterborough's train station is only a 10 to 15 minute walk from the college. They also offer free parking to all students and lockable bike sheds.

Fees: Great value. Tuition fees are £7,000 for all undergraduate courses.

Bursaries: Various scholarships and bursaries are offered through Anglia Ruskin University, so check their website for details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The city offers a great nightlife including the Showcase Cinema and Greyhound Stadium as well as various pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés to eat. The city also holds many events during the year, such as the UK's biggest undercover beer festival held in August each year.

Sporting reputation: Doesn't compete in the BUCS league but there are plenty of opportunities to play sport here. There's a football and badminton club for starters, with facilities in the city including golf courses, swimming pools, horse-riding, an ice rink, a bowling alley and an athletics ground.