University Centre Peterborough

University Centre Peterborough is a small higher education institution with campuses in Peterborough and Stamford, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. It is formally part of the Inspire Education Group. Degrees are accredited by Anglia Ruskin University at the Peterborough Campus. The Stamford Campus has a range of courses accredited by Bishop Grosseteste University.

University Centre Peterborough
Students200 (2019/20)[1]
Park Crescent, Peterborough
Cambridgeshire PE1 4DZ
Chair of CouncilLes Ebdon CBE DL
AffiliationsPeterborough College
Stamford College
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough was opened in 2009, with the long-term aim to be the seed for a new university in the city.


Since the 1990s, Loughborough University operated a satellite higher education campus in Peterborough. However, this closed in 2003,[2] leaving the city as one of the largest urban areas in the country without a dedicated provision of higher education.

At around this time, Peterborough Regional College (a local further education college) was offering a limited range of higher education diplomas and degrees in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University. In 2006, the two institutions began talks on developing a new university campus for the city and created a new joint venture company in 2007.[3][4][5] The joint venture company, limited by guarantee, was managed by an equal number of directors from both partner institutions who were responsible for the academic and operational running of the new centre.[6][7][8]

The University Centre Peterborough formally opened in October 2009 with 850 students.[9] The joint venture was dissolved in 2020, and University Centre Peterborough became a wholly owned subsidiary of Inspire Education Group. Anglia Ruskin University continues to accredit undergraduate degree courses at the Peterborough Campus.

The Peterborough Campus is housed in a dedicated building which is situated opposite the main campus of Peterborough College. Most of the higher education courses previously offered by the college are now located within the University Centre. University Centre Peterborough is also located close to the Thomas Deacon Academy, creating a new 'education quarter' in Peterborough.


Facilities at University Centre Peterborough include a lecture theatre, three IT laboratories, open access IT suites and general-purpose teaching accommodation with audio-visual and IT facilities. The centre also has refreshment areas and a student support centre, which includes a Student Union space.

Courses offered by the university centre Peterborough campus are validated by Anglia Ruskin University and include HNCs, HNDs and BA honours degrees. The centre also offers a number of post-graduate courses, as well as qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

See also


  1. "Where do HE students study?". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. Peterborough Sub-Regional Study: Final Report Archived 28 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine 3.2.3 Improving further and higher education provision (p.19) Llewelyn Davies for the East of England Regional Assembly, November 2003
  3. Major step towards university for Peterborough Anglia Ruskin University, 22 February 2006
  4. New university plan moves closer BBC News, 21 November 2006 11:10 UTC
  5. £10 million boost for university facility in Peterborough Anglia Ruskin University, 11 December 2006
  6. Legal deal signed and sealed facilitates the 'emergence' of new University Centre in Peterborough Anglia Ruskin University, 3 April 2007
  7. Old, David Video: Students can now take university route in city Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 16 August 2007
  8. Gray, Hannah Plans for University College Peterborough take shape Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 3 September 2008
  9. University Centre Peterborough opening will ‘lift aspirations’ Archived 2 August 2012 at Anglia Ruskin University, 4 March 2010.