University College Plymouth St Mark & St John set to become universities
Two Westcountry colleges are set to become universities under the biggest expansion of higher education for 20 years, it was announced today.
The ten institutions being put forward to the Privy Council for approval include University College Falmouth and University College Plymouth St Mark & St John.
Universities Minister David Willetts is expected to recommend to the Privy Council that the institutions have met the criteria to be awarded the title of university.
The move is the biggest creation of universities since 1992, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said.
It comes after the government lowered the threshold on student numbers needed for an institution to apply for the title.
Institutions can now apply if they have 1,000 students, and of those, 750 are studying for a degree.
Previously, they needed at least 4,000 students, and of those, at least 3,000 studying for a degree.