West Suffolk College

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West Suffolk College
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Established 1851
Type Further & Higher Education
Principal Dr Nikos Savvas
Location Out Risbygate
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3RL
England Coordinates: 52°14′56″N 0°41′59″E / 52.2489°N 0.6997°E / 52.2489; 0.6997
Local authority Suffolk
Staff 480 FTE Staff[1]
Students 150,558 (08/13)[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14+
Website www.westsuffolk-ac.co.uk
West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College is a Further Education college in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.[1] It is also a member of the University Campus Suffolk and as part of this affiliation it offers a range of Higher Education degree courses.


Campus and Local Learning Centres[edit]

The main campus and facilities of West Suffolk College are situated on Out Risbygate in Bury St Edmunds. However, the Building and Construction services courses are currently located at a separate campus found on Anglian Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

In addition to the two sites in Bury St Edmunds, the college engages with the wider community through a number of Local Learning Centres. These are located in: Haverhill, Ipswich, Mildenhall, Stowmarket and Sudbury.


The college was originally founded in 1851 as The Bury St Edmunds Technical Institute and was based at the Silver Jubilee School. The courses provided at this time were largely Engineering, Construction, Building and vocational evening classes.[2]

In 1858, the decision to build a new, purpose built college was taken. As a result the Gibraltar Barracks site was selected to be the new home of the college. It was finally opened as West Suffolk College on the 29th May 2011 by Ainsley Harriott the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "About West Suffolk College". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b "History of West Suffolk College". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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