Boris launches �3m university campus vision for Stratford

A new-style concept in higher education will rise in Stratford.

London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled plans for a �33m university. The project is a collaboration between Birkbeck and the universities of London and East London. Two higher education institutions working together to create a new shared building is the first of its kind.

A breakfast launch at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, brought together more than 100 local stakeholders, including Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales, councillors, and other prominent figures from education, politics, and funding agencies. The new building at University Square will offer an alternative model of higher education, with flexible part-time and full-time study for adults.

It will provide highly flexible shared teaching spaces for both higher education institutions and their partners where 3,400 adults will study in the day and evening. Mr Johnson, said the unique partnership will make a vital contribution to higher education in Newham.

It will enable residents to “reskill or upskill, and enhance their employment prospects.