University of Suffolk

Based on the picturesque Waterfront in Ipswich, standing tall and proud in all of its glory, is the University of Suffolk.

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The University, one of the newest higher education institutions in the UK since it became independent in August 2015, lends itself to a unique and personal experience. Students are at the heart of what the University strives to achieve - a one of a kind student experience - whereby students are known by their names and not by numbers.  

While Ipswich may be the birth place and central hub, we have our four partner colleges who remain an important part of our identity. Together with Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft College and Great Yarmouth College, we educate, mould and nurture over 5,000 students a year. 

The University, founded as University Campus Suffolk in 2007, has roots back in the Tudor era when Cardinal Wolsey established Cardinal College. It was Wolsey’s plan eventually to establish a college in Ipswich and now his dream has come true! 

The University is made up of two academic Faculties: The Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science and The Faculty of Health and Science. Across the two Faculties, there are seven departments which provide a large number of courses, ranging from a Foundation degree all the way through to a Masters. Courses available include but are not limited to:

  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies
  • FdA Counselling
  • MSc Business and Management
  • DipHE Operating Department Practice
  • MSci Football Coaching

As well as Academic departments, there are a number of Professional Services Departments whose job it is to make sure your University experience takes place without a hitch or niggle. While some of these services work behind the scenes, you can be sure to know that they really care about your feedback and overall experience.  

The University buildings have come on leaps and bounds since it was first established nearly 10 years ago and Ipswich now hosts five buildings, of which four are used regularly for teaching. In addition to the main Waterfront Building, the University has the James Heir Building which is situated along the Waterfront above Cult Café Bar and habitats a number of health and science labs and equipment; the Arts Building, which is home to budding film makers and fine art students to name but a few; the Library Building and its services - as well as the Students’ Union; and lastly the newest addition to the University, which is the Atrium. This building is shared with the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and has recently undergone a £5.5m makeover.