Tab creates colleges

first_imgCambridge is set to meet a growing demand for places by opening three new colleges. The plans, if approved of by the local council, will expand its student numbers by over 4,000 to a total of 20,000 students by 2025. The expansion plans came about after Cambridge received over 15,000 applications for their 3,000 places this year, up from 13,700 the year before. Over 5,000 of the rejected applicants scored at least three A grades. Oxford received just under 12,000 applications over a similar period. The extra places created will be split evenly between undergraduates and the more lucrative graduate and overseas student market. The new colleges will be the first additions to the University since Robinson College was endowed in 1979. The development is earmarked for greenbelt land in West Cambridge and looks set to swallow up 57 hectares of university owned farmland. Strong opposition is expected from local environmentalists. Part of the development will involve building new low cost housing for academic staff. This stems from fears that the high cost of housing in the area is harming the University’s ability to attractARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img

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