A plan has been launched by Cheshire East Council to attract a new education provider to Crewe.
A taskforce, set up and led by the local authority, has launched a higher education vision document which sets out the future opportunities that Crewe has to offer.
The brochure will be used to attract a university to the Manchester Metropolitan University site on Crewe Road, after MMU announced plans to decision to centralise their operations in Manchester and close its Crewe campus in 2019.
The vision sets out how the local economy, which the authority says is already performing as one of the best in the country outside London, and current conversations about the proposed HS2 high-speed rail hub station in Crewe, could offer significant opportunities for economic growth and unrivalled connectivity in Cheshire East.
Along with great future transport links, university providers would also have access to the strong, existing links with global and local businesses – along with high-growth small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
The taskforce is seeking a higher education partner who can help the local area to maximise productivity, research, innovation and degree apprenticeships in particular.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This authority understands the important role of higher education to help realise the economic potential of Cheshire East and help all our young people reach their own potential. This is why we established the Higher Education Taskforce.
“There is significant appetite from the taskforce and wider partners to collaborate with higher education and support a new offer coming to Crewe. We have developed the vision for higher education in Cheshire East with our local business base and future economic needs firmly in mind.
“This vision document sets out the fantastic opportunities on offer, should a higher education provider wish to be part of the development in Crewe.”