About University Campus Suffolk – UCS

by / Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Published in University Campus Suffolk

UCS LogoAbout University Campus Suffolk

UCS ranked 79th out of 116 universities in the UK. (98th in 2014, 114th in 2013, 117th in 2012) (based on the Guardian League Table 2015).

UCS is a new kind of institution – one that allows you to access the knowledge and resources of a range of partners along with our two validating universities, Centres throughout Suffolk and beyond, and the wider community. UCS offers an attractive portfolio of courses within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science and the Faculty of Health and Science. Degrees range from Foundation, Honours and Postgraduate, to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. UCS currently employs around 200 academics who ensure the institution continues to provide students with a high quality and innovative teaching and learning experience.

UCS is dedicated to the promotion of world class research and each of their academic Departments are involved in developing expertise and impacting on policy and practice at national and international levels.

UCS puts you at the heart of a unique network. With environments where you can find new ways to engage, interact and learn. Its high quality and innovative teaching and learning focused on vocationally relevant areas will be cost effective and underpinned by nationally and internationally recognised research and scholarship.

UCS is currently a partnership between the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. They are seeking independence from their parent Universities, working towards achieving taught degree awarding powers and university title.

The UCS degree courses are specifically structured with employability in mind. Many courses have specific modules, which focus on future employment and essential skills.

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Ipswich, Suffolk, England

UCS is based in the county of Suffolk within close proximity to London, a number of international airports and Harwich Ferry Terminal – perfectly located to welcome you from across the UK and the globe.

University of Campus Suffolkv UCS’ landmark Waterfront Building has a combination of large lecture theatres with small teaching rooms, all with state-of-the-art AV equipment. University of Campus Suffolk UCS’ Infozone, gallery and Students’ Union café are located on the ground floor. The Infozone is a drop-in service which acts as a single hub for many of the activities and services students may need during their time at University of Campus Suffolk UCS such as student support, finance and much more.

James Heir Building

The James Hehir Building has specialist teaching facilities including clinical skills laboratories, physiology and sports science laboratories, an iLab, and general teaching and study space. North Campus houses the Arts Building, Library and the Students’ Union. The Arts Building has a range of studios for Painting and Sculpture spaces for Installation and Video and a Print Studio.

University of Campus Suffolk UCS has high-quality facilities including a purpose built, self-catered accommodation block in Ipswich called Athena Hall which has 600 en-suite study bedrooms and is a 2 minute walk from the UCS teaching buildings.

University of Campus Suffolk UCS has a dedicated International Support Officer who is able to help with all aspects of student life, this includes:

  • Immigration information and guidance
  • Accommodation
  • English language and study skills advice
  • Mentor scheme
  • Cultural adjustment advice
  • Organised trips and events
  • General advice, guidance and counselling

Being one of the biggest risers in The Guardian University League Tables 2013, University of Campus Suffolk UCS is very proud of the excellent employability record-92% of University of Campus Suffolk UCS graduates have gone on to employment or further study.

UCS campus at night


Tuition fees for the academic year 2015-2016 are:

Undergraduate: £ 9,495 – £ 10,995

Postgraduate:£9,495 – £10,995


UCS offers an early payment scholarship of £500 to all self-funded international students who pay their yearly tuition fee in full by 30 September or 31 January for courses starting in February.


Living cost

On-campus accommodation £94 to £129 per week

Off-Campus accommodation: £60 to £100 per week includes bills


Before coming to UCS I was completing my A Levels in India. I chose to study English as I enjoy the subject. Studying in the UK means I can also experience the culture too. My goal in life is to make a difference and I feel graduating with a degree in English will enable me to do this in a variety of ways. When I finish my degree I would like to travel and teach English for a while, and I am keen to be involved in making improvements to education standards. 

Before coming here I found out that Suffolk, where UCS is based, was a nice and a safe place. As UCS is fairly new compared with other universities it has a modern and fresh feel about it. It has so much potential and talent. 

On my course there is a nice mix of people from different backgrounds and of different ages which makes the group more diverse and interesting. The group sizes are small which is great as you can have lots of group discussions and you also get more one to one support. All the people here are very friendly, both staff and students, which for me as an international student has made UCS a very welcoming place.

Jessica Karen Krishan, BA (Hons) English, 2nd Year

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