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Canterbury University to Close Broadstairs Campus

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Canterbury Christ Church University has confirmed it will stop taking on students at its Broadstairs campus and allocate its courses to its flagship site in Canterbury.

An official announcement made by the university said that the shift to the Canterbury campus would begin in September 2018, almost 20 years after Broadstairs opened its doors to students.

With courses moving over to Canterbury and most of investment being funnelled to the Kent city, it's not yet known what will happen to the Broadstairs site.

Included within the university's 10 to 15-year Estate Master Plan are plans to develop an £11 million arts building in Canterbury, which is due to open in September 2018, just in time for students moving from the Broadstairs site.

The project is part of a wider £150 million investment, which will also see a former prison site being transformed to accommodate new courses.

Commenting on the impact that the closure may have, Vice-chancellor professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: "I am personally aware of the important of access to higher education in Thanet, having been involved in the creation of the campus 17 years ago while at the Higher Education Funding Council for England."

Concerns have also been raised over the impact that the closure will have on the area, with many students reportedly spending their time at the Broadstairs campus to use the library and study areas.