London Metropolitan University is to consolidate its teaching at a single campus in North London.
The university will invest a total of £125 million in its main Holloway Road campus in Islington, as it brings all its faculties together on one site for the first time, it announced on 12 October.
Its visual arts, architecture, business and law courses are currently taught in buildings at Aldgate and Moorgate.
“We are excited about this project, which aims to create a one-campus, one-community university in Holloway,” said John Raftery, London Met’s vice-chancellor.
“We believe this will benefit our students, who will enjoy an enhanced student experience, and our staff, who will have more opportunities to collaborate,” Professor Raftery added.
The move to one campus will be staged over several years, starting from September 2017, the university said.
It will be accompanied by a curriculum review and significant investment in facilities at Holloway, with £125 million to be spent on the estate and new IT projects.
London Met said that the move had been driven by student feedback, with joint research involving the students’ union earlier this year showing that 65 per cent of London Met students said that they would prefer a one-campus university, citing an enhanced student community and more opportunities for collaboration as key benefits.
Obie Opara, president of London Met’s Students’ Union, said that students will “welcome this decision and the long-term benefits it will bring”.
“We are excited by the prospect of a one-campus, one-community university, where all students can interact and learn from one another and have access to the same facilities and the best student experience,” Mr Opara said.
“We also know that this may cause concerns for some students, particularly those at the Aldgate and Moorgate sites,” he added, saying that the university and the students’ union would “continue to work with students across all sites to ensure their voice is central to the development of this plan, ensuring a smooth transition and creating a more sustainable London Met”.
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