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Nick Clegg visits Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this week to launch a £12.6 million funding scheme for the Dorset region.

The Liberal Democrat leader toured Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University, including BU’s new Student Centre and developments of new facilities in the Talbot and Lansdowne campuses.

Mr Clegg said: “I’m very impressed to see the two universities work so closely together and particularly all the investment they are making in these new buildings, but also their determination to provide support to students and to graduates who want to create new businesses – not only study here but then work here and create jobs here.

“I think it’s very, very admirable, because that’s what you want from universities – not just a first-rate education you provide to students, but also an opportunity then to transform that learning into something which actually creates jobs and puts money into people’s pockets.”

The multimillion pound investment is part of the Growth Deal for Dorset, an expansion scheme that will be invested in the county between 2016 and 2021.

The Growth Deal funding will be channelled by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), who also secured a £66.4 million funding scheme in June last year.

Dorset LEP Board member Jitinder Takhar said: “The securing of the expanded Growth Deal provides Dorset with an exciting opportunity for further economic support, success and community impact.”