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University Updates

August 2016

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Ipswich as it becomes headquarters of the officially recognised Univeristy of Suffolk. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

September 2014

UNIVERSITIES – Leeds Metropolitan Univerity becomes Leeds Beckett University. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

January 2014

UNIVERSITIES – London has it's 14th new university as St Mary's in Twickenham becomes gets university status. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

April 2013

UNIVERSITIES – The University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport have merged to become the Univeristy of South Wales with the headquarters in Pontypridd. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

December 2012

UNIVERSITIES – After the government announcement last month that ten specialist institutions would be made into universities, the Privy Council has now approved their new status. Birmingham gets 2 more universities, Newman and Birmingham University College, and now has 5 universities. Leeds Trinity makes it Leeds third university. Bishop Grosseteste becomes Lincoln's second university, Bournemouth also gets its second university, Arts University, Bournemouth, as does Norwich (Norwich University of the Arts) and Plymouth with the University of St. Mark and St. John. Congratulations to Newport in Shropshire (Harper Adams), Cirencester (Royal Agricultural College) and Falmouth who each get their first universities. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

1 February 2011

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Inverness, headquarters of the new University of the Highlands and Islands. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

11 November 2010

UNIVERSITIES – The Univeristy of Wales Trinity Saint David officially comes into existence after the merger of University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

September 2008

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Farnham after the town becomes headquarters of the new University for the Creative Arts. See the complete list of towns and cities with universities here.

UNIVERSITIES – The University of Wales ceases to be federal university and allows the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea to use the title of university in their own right.

18 July 2008

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Wrexham after it is announced by the First Minister for Wales that the North East Wales Institute will become Glyndwr University.

January 2008

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Swansea which now has two universities after the Swansea Institute gains Univeristy Status and becomes Swansea Metropolitan University.

October 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to High Wycombe after Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC) officially becomes Buckinghamshire New University following approval from the Privy Council of the institution’s new name.

1 October 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Birmingham's "University of Central England" has a new name and will now be known as Birmingham City University.

1 August 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to the City of Carlisle, which becomes the headquarters of the new University of Cumbria.

UNIVERSITIES – The Univeristy of the West of Scotland is created after the merger of the Univeristy of Paisley and Bell College.

8 July 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to Imperial College in the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which, from today, has separate university status by Royal Charter and is no longer part of the federal University of London.

June 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Congratulations to High Wycombe after Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC) was informed that it has met all the necessary criteria for the award of university title, and will become the new University in Buckinghamshire subject to Privy Council approval of the institution’s new name.

17 January 2007

UNIVERSITIES – Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh has become the first new university of 2007. Congratulations to the City of Edinburgh, which now has four universities.

1 October 2006

UNIVERSITIES – York St. John today officially becomes the second new university of 2006.  Congratulations to the City of York, which now has two universities.

1 August 2006

UNIVERSITIES – The University of Luton merges with the De Montfort University's Bedford campus and becomes the University of Bedfordshire.

13 April 2006

UNIVERSITIES – Edge Hill University College in Ormskirk, Lancashire becomes the first new university of 2006.  Congratulations to Ormskirk. 

13 October 2005

UNIVERSITIES – Chichester becomes the ninth new university to be created this year. Congratulations to Chichester.

September 2005

UNIVERSITIES – Worcester becomes the eighth new university to be created this year. Congratulations to Worcester.

July/August 2005

UNIVERSITIES – Seven new universities have been created this Summer in the cities of Bath, Canterbury, Chester, Liverpool, Southampton, Winchester and in the town of Northampton. This means Bath, Canterbury and Southampton are now the headquarters of two universities each and Liverpool now has three universities. Congratulations to all the towns concerned, especially Chester, Winchester and Northampton who get their first universities.

27 August 2004

UNIVERSITIES – The government unveils new rules making it easier for University Colleges to gain University Status.

23 June 2004

UNIVERSITIES - Roehampton in the London Borough of Wandsworth approved by the Privy Council to get an independent university. It was formerly part of the federal University of Surrey.

26 April 2004

UNIVERSITIES – The town of Bolton finally gets a University after the Privy Council wrote to say that the title of University for the Bolton Institute should be approved. Congratulations to Bolton!