The Olympic Park Regeneration Steering Group, who are looking at potential uses of the Park after the Olympic Games in 2012, are launching a feasibility study into creating a new University Campus in the area. Higher Education is one of the main benefits that the Steering Committee highlighted as an intended legacy after the Olympic Games.
The initiative is supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, whose Office along with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, is searching for an appropriate institution to move into the site in three years time. The intention is to attract several top British Universities to set up a collaborative centre for sports and science continuing with the theme of sporting excellence. The Russell Group have been approached with the plans with Imperial rumoured to have expressed an interest alongside other London colleges, Kings and UCL. Other contenders are University of East London and London Metropolitan who are likely to benefit from the International Olympic Broadcast Centre by moving their hugely successful media departments into the high tech facilities. Loughborough University, an institution famous for its specialisation and excellence in sports science, is also said to be in discussions about opening a new campus on the site.
The Olympic Park offers the ideal facilities for accommodating a Higher Education establishment, with purpose built accommodation which could be transformed into ideal student housing in the heart of the campus alongside Olympic standard sports facilities. With HE Institutions from England to Beijing being encouraged to invest in the project, the Olympic Park Regeneration Steering Group are keen to guarantee the longevity of the Olympic site while avoiding another Millennium Dome disaster.