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STATEMENT FROM ASTON UNIVERSITY

26 November 2003

STATEMENT FROM ASTON UNIVERSITY

ASTON UNIVERSITY has been informed that the University of Central England's (UCE) Board of Governors decided at a meeting on 25th November, 2003, to approach Aston with a proposal that the two institutions enter into discussions about their future relationship, including the possible transfer of UCE to the chartered university of Aston.

Aston University's Council meets next on Wednesday 3rd December, 2003, when it will be asked to consider the approach from UCE, and how it wishes to respond, not least in the context of the organisation of HE in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Aston University will issue a public statement following the Council meeting; no further comments will be made by Aston in the meantime.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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