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UCLan Moves Forward with Burnley Plans

Posted by Richard Ward

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Business leaders in Burnley have been given the chance to visit UCLan's new site called Victoria Mill.

The University of Central Lancashire has had a presence in Burnley for some time but recently acquired Victoria Mill as part of their expansion plans.

The university is hoping to have 4,000 students studying in Burnley by 2025 and purchased the former University Technical College building as part of their growth plans.

The expansion will cater for students studying business and professional disciplines, health and social care, and digital and technical subjects.

They also recently announced plans to build a 136-bed student accommodation development on the adjoining Sandygate Square.

Bondholders heard from the CEO of UCLan, Michael Ahern, that they are ahead of their plans in terms of student numbers.

Commenting on the university's plans, Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend, said: "It is great to see the Northern Powerhouse Minister recognising the expansion of UCLan in Burnley and the partnership it has with Burnley Council which will see the number of students in the town grow to 4,000. UCLan's expansion plans will have a significant impact on Burnley's economy."