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Students warned against university website scam

Students in Somerset have been warned against parting with large sums of money. Credit: ITV West Country

Students in Somerset are being warned against a fake university website, which is claiming to be linked to the Prior Park College based in Bath.

Prospective students have made payments of up to £5,500 to a fake establishment.

The trading standards department at Bath and North East Somerset Council have received a number of complaints from people about the site.

They have been advising all students who are considering attending a college or university to visit it first before parting with any money.

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Advice for new students

Thousands of students in the west are about to start the next phase of their academic careers. And as well as coping with a new life away from home, many are facing the challenge of managing a budget for the first time.

Experts are warning students to stay away from payday loans which many poorer students are tempted by. As David Wood reports, the advice is to make a budget and stick to it.

Royal Agricultural College becomes University

The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester can now operate under the University title. Credit: ITV West

The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester is set to become a university in the biggest expansion of higher education in 20 years.

It comes as the Government lowered the bar on student numbers needed for the title.

It will give attending students - who study the key industries of agriculture, food and land - the chance of a University education.

Go ahead given for Cornwall University

University College Falmouth has campuses in Falmouth and Penryn. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Cornwall can now boast its own university after the Government gave the go ahead for Falmouth College to be upgraded.

Over the last ten years student numbers have tripled to more than 4,000. More than £100 million has been invested at two campuses in Falmouth and Penryn.

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