University sites to be closed

10:32am Wednesday 6th February 2002

TWO of Middlesex University's campuses are closing down as part of a long-term streamlining programme.

The university's Bounds Green campus and Quicksilver Place site in Wood Green will be shutting down by summer 2003, with all teaching transferring to other campuses.

Bounds Green has suffered a fall in student numbers over recent years and has proved an unpopular choice as it does not have any accommodation.

Meanwhile, its sister campus in Quicksilver Place is to be redeveloped by Haringey Council and the university has been given notice to vacate the premises in 2003.

The reshuffle is part of the university's 10-year development strategy aimed at streamlining its learning on fewer campuses.

Pro vice-chancellor of development strategy Dennis Hardy said: "Middlesex University will work hard to ensure that there is minimal disruption during this transfer and we guarantee continuity of provision."

Computing science and business management students and their tutors from Bounds Green will move to the Tottenham campus while those studying environmental and occupational health, pollution and housing will move to Enfield.

Meanwhile, students and staff at the Quicksilver Place/Chocolate Factory base will be relocated to Cat Hill in Barnet.

In the future the university plans to have three large campuses at Trent Park, Hendon and a new site in the Lee Valley, as well as one specialist health campus at Archway.

Mr Hardy said: "The Tottenham and Enfield campuses will not close until the new facilities are ready in the Lee Valley and any students starting their courses this year are guaranteed to remain there for at least three years."

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