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York St John Uni withdraws its offer to buy Union Terrace

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4:46pm 18th August 2011
(Updated 4:49pm 18th August 2011)

York St John University has today withdrawn its offer to purchase Union Terrace Coach and Car Park from the City of York Council.

Vice Chancellor, Professor David Fleming said:

"Be reassured; we remain steadfast and determined to achieve the full potential of the University.

"Last year we entered into constructive discussions with City of York Council regarding the possible purchase of land at Union Terrace.

"This land would have provided the optimal solution to our expansion plans.

"At all times we have been open in our dealings, available and ready to listen, and have responded to all rational views.

"Having participated in the consultation we have concluded that we need to reconsider

"We will now work with the Council and other stakeholders in the city to develop alternative plans to ensure that York St John University is able to build on its success and continue to be an important economic driver in the city.

"Over the last three years York St John has seen a 50% growth in applications and has risen 29 places in the National Student Survey and achieved outstanding status for its teaching programme.

"The University has significantly improved its library provision and we have invested more than £3m in improving student facilities this year.

"Our students and the University contributes in many many ways to the social, cultural and economic life of the City of York - from their thousands of hours of volunteer work to the projects they do to help businesses.

We value the loyalty and continued support that we receive from all those that engage with our activities."

Councillor James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council, said:

"Naturally, we are disappointed that despite all the work that has been done, York St John University (YSJU) have chosen to withdraw their proposed plans for expansion on the Union Terrace site.

"Whatever people's views on the suitability of the site, the university's expansion would have provided a real boost to the city's economy, providing local jobs and contributing an estimated additional £31m into the economy each year.

"I hope that in time, YSJU will be able to bring forward other plans that will strengthen their own future, and the futures of local young people. We will continue to work with partners, including York St John University, to bring new jobs, opportunities and growth to the city, now and in the future."

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