University is stemming the ‘brain drain’
SUFFOLK’S new university is successfully stemming the brain drain of talent from the county – with nearly 5,000 students set to study there from September. Many of those signed up on courses for the next academic year are from Suffolk, as well as Norfolk and Essex, and student numbers have grown by an estimated 500 since it opened last year. Education chiefs and business leaders had previously voiced concerns at figures which showed that many young people left the county for higher education and never returned. This, they feared, was draining Suffolk of some of its most talented and skilled young people.
I’m not sure if we’ll be at the Freshers’ Fair this year – we’ve had one volunteer to man a stall – but hope that the increase in numbers may eventually result in a student secular society, which we’d be happy to support.