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UCLan To Increase Burnley Cohort

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The University of Central Lancashire has submitted plans to build additional student accommodation in Burnley following its recent purchase of Victoria Mill.

The Preston based university has been working with Burnley Borough Council on providing additional bed spaces to drive growth alongside its Princess Way campus located in the town.

The university plans to increase its number of Burnley students from under 400 to 2,000 by 2021 and up to 4,000 by 2025.

Commenting on the plans, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board, David Taylor, said: "By working alongside our partners at Burnley Council we are developing a cohesive, long-term plan for a significant University presence in the town."

"Purpose-built student accommodation is a vital element in attracting students to the area and ultimately providing the skills supply needed to maximise Burnley's economic resurgence and help fulfil its stated masterplan ambitions."

Meanwhile, Dr Ebrahim Adia, Provost at UCLan Burnley added: "We have ambitious plans to increase the number of university students educated in Burnley by ten-fold and for us to realise this intention we need to develop an environment which truly enhances the overall student experience."

It's hoped that UCLan's proposed growth will be a key driver in the town and the council is committed to ensure the infrastructure is put in place to help support that growth.