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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2007
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441473338000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of the University of Suffolk

In 2003, Suffolk County Council established a "stakeholder group" to investigate the possibility of establishing a university in the county. Suffolk was the largest English county that didn't host a university. The group included representatives from the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex, West Suffolk College, the East of England Development Agency, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Chief Executive's Group and the Suffolk Development Agency.

Following funding pledges from Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council in 2004, the plan was backed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) with £15m worth of funding in 2005 and attracted a £12.5m grant from the East of England Development Agency in 2006[8] The institution was officially launched under the name 'University Campus, Suffolk' on 1 August 2007 and welcomed its first students in September of the same year.

Because UCS did not have degree-awarding powers, its students received their degrees from either the University of East Anglia or the University of Essex via a cooperative agreement. The institution was later granted degree-awarding powers by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in November 2015, and in May 2016 it was awarded University status by the Privy Council. As a consequence, UCS has renamed The University of Suffolk in August 2016 and began awarding degrees in its own right.

Academic Highlights

The University of Suffolk is home to the "East Contemporary Art Collection", which is exhibited at the Waterfront Gallery. Founded by artists Robert Priseman and Simon Carter in 2013 the "East Contemporary Art Collection" contains 160 works of art by 115 artists and was formed to make the first public collection of contemporary art in the East of England.

Artists represented in the collection all have a working connection with the seven east of England counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire and included Maggi Hambling, Amanda Ansell, Susan Gunn, Nicholas Middleton, Justin Partyka, Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, James Dodds, Linda Ingham, Stephen Newton, and Mary Webb. The works of art in the collection were all produced after the year 2000 and are designed to be available for public display and as a learning resource for the University and students from the wider educational community.

At Westminster Kingsway College, we have a variety of options to help you begin your journey, whether that be to university, further study or your dream career. We offer A Levels, T Levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, and Higher Education courses – there is something for everyone at West King.

Life in the University of Suffolk

The University operates as a "Centre for Applied sustainability". An example of its work with sustainability is the Phase 1 campus development which was assessed as BREEAM Excellent. This signifies that the development is setting the "best practice in sustainable development".

The University is also actively engaged in the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Green Economy Pathfinder.

School Ranking

Suffolk University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, #38.


Admissions Requirements

  • High School GPA. Recommended.
  • High School Rank. Recommended.
  • High School Transcript. Required.
  • College Prep Courses. Required.
  • SAT/ACT. Required.
  • Recommendations. Required.

Notable Alumni

David J. Sargent was the President of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts from 1989 to 2010.  Martin Thomas Meehan is an American educator, politician, and lawyer. John F. Tierney is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1997 to 2015.

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