Sunderland University language centre to close

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LANGUAGE students have been told their studies could be at an end as a centre of learning closes.

The North East Centre for Life Long Learning (NECLL), based in Newcastle, will shut at the end of September.

The centre is part of the University of Sunderland.

A spokesman said: “It is with great regret that we have had to take the decision to close the NECLL.

“Despite the best efforts of all the staff at the NECLL, the changes to the higher education funding regime have led to the centre becoming financially inviable.

“Grant funding for students who had already studied on a publicly-funded course had already been withdrawn.

“This was compounded by the Government’s new loans-based system which hit NECLL provision hard.

“The university will maintain some of the work which is currently managed under the NECLL banner.

“Some of the languages work, for example, will continue but will be merged with our languages programme at Sunderland.

“The programme of one-off events, summer courses and specialist activities will continue as part of our Department of Culture within the university.”