Admissions for borough’s first university opening soon

The Admissions and Recruitment Centre for the University of Portsmouth will open in Walthamstow Library

Walthamstow Library (credit: WF Council)

An admissions centre for the borough’s first ever university campus will open next week in Walthamstow Library.

Waltham Forest Council first revealed it was in secret talks with the University of Portsmouth about opening a London branch of the institution in the borough in late 2021.

Since then, the university has agreed to rent ground-floor space in Juniper House, a tower block being constructed near Walthamstow Central Station.

The campus plans to welcome its first post-graduate students in January next year and expand to a main campus building on the current Central House site in the next few years once student numbers grow.

To prepare for the launch, an Admissions and Recruitment Centre is set to open in Walthamstow Library on April 26th. The normal use of the library and its public spaces “will be unaffected”, according to a statement from the council.

Council leader Grace Williams said: “It’s wonderful news that the University of Portsmouth has chosen our borough for its new London home. A university in Waltham Forest was one of our key pledges at last May’s local election and I’m excited to see this first step on the way to making it a reality.

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“The University of Portsmouth shares the council’s vision for an accessible, diverse and welcoming campus, with sustainability at its heart. Education has the power to transform people’s lives and the University of Portsmouth’s new London campus will offer a world class education, high quality jobs and huge business opportunities right here in Waltham Forest.”

Waltham Forest Council expects the campus to add up to £372million to the borough’s local economy in the next 20 years.

Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor, said: “The launch of the Admissions and Recruitment Centre in Walthamstow Library is the next step in our ambition to open a University of Portsmouth campus in Waltham Forest. I am thrilled that the University has found partners equally committed to access to higher education for everyone, regardless of their background.

“A London campus will allow us to share our expertise and programmes in ways that best support the aspirations of local students and the local community, while preserving and promoting what makes the University of Portsmouth distinctive.

“This campus will also support our commitment to become the top modern university in the UK, and one of the top 100 young universities in the world, by 2030.”

Find out more about courses and jobs at the University’s London campus here.

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