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Multi-million pound boost to city university hopes

The announcement on University funding.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are set to agree funding worth £6.5m towards creating a University of Peterborough.

The business case to increase students currently studying at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) will be discussed at a Combined Authority meeting next week.

The aim of the cash is to secure an independent fully-fledged University of Peterborough.

The in principle funding, to be used over the next three years, looks to increase university student numbers in the city to 3,000 by 2022 by expanding the curriculum, recruiting staff and boosting the city’s Higher Education profile.

Not only will it create opportunities for our young people and attract and develop a better skilled workforce for employers it will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs and a provide a significant boost to the local economy.

This is just the start of our commitment to make the University of Peterborough a reality.

– James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Thousands of students attend country's biggest university exhibition

  • Video report by ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey

It is that time of year when thousands of sixth form students start looking ahead to what they are going to do next.

For those wanting to go to university it can be a daunting decision. With so much choice on where to go and what course to study it helps to have as much advice as possible.

ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey has been to one of the country's biggest university exhibitions in Bedford.

The UCAS event encourages students from schools across the country to think about taking the next step after sixth form education.

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Suffolk headteacher dies following fall on holiday

She suffered fatal head injuries.

A Suffolk headteacher has died after suffering a fall whilst on holiday in France.

Amanda Phillips, who was principal at Ipswich Academy, suffered serious head injuries in the accident.

David Willis, who is chairman of the Paradigm Trust that runs the academy, called the death a ‘dreadful tragedy’.

It is with tremendous sadness that I have to tell you that Amanda died yesterday.

I know I speak for us all when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family.

She led Paradigm Trust with enormous energy, tremendous skill and most of all an enduring passion to give every child an outstanding education.

– David Willis, chairman of the Paradigm Trust

Parents encouraged to bring maths into daily life

Count On Norfolk is being launched today to coincide with half-term Credit: PA

Parents across Norfolk are being encouraged to bring maths into everyday family life as part of a new County Council campaign.

Count On Norfolk is being launched today to coincide with half-term and gives parents top tips and ideas on how to have fun with their children using numbers at home.

A key part of the campaign is to get parents to be more positive about maths, and bringing maths to life through fun activities and play.

Key Stage 2 maths performance in the county remains below the national average. By changing attitudes to maths and developing a culture of fun and regular learning at home, the County Council hopes overall achievement in maths will improve.

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