After previously awarding qualifications on behalf of the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex, University Campus Suffolk can now award its own degrees after gaining independence.
Now the institution has gained government approval it will be renamed the University of Suffolk. It will also now have control over its own funding as well as the range of courses it offers.
Provost and chief executive at University Campus Suffolk, Richard Lister, has said of the approval, "this is clear recognition that we have consistently demonstrated the quality and track record to enable us to sit alongside any other university in the country. We're a newborn babe in a hostile environment - universities are effectively private-sector institutions in the way they operate now - and the only money we get is by persuading students of the quality of what we do."
Headquartered on the Ipswich Waterfront, UCS has been operating for 9 years. Now that the institution is the city's first full-fledged university Ipswich's MP Ben Gummer has called its transition a 'dream fulfilled'.