Plymouth University is to take over the running of the University of Exeter’s LPC. As first reported in Lawyer 2B (October 2005), Exeter started negotiations with Plymouth after the centre was abandoned by the University of the West of England.
Dr Simon Payne, head of Plymouth University’s school of sociology, politics and law, said: “The Law Society approved the LPC during a two-day visit in November, subject only to the formal ratification of the LPC Board. It is hoped and expected that many of the academic staff and good features of the Exeter LPC will be retained.”
Plymouth is seeking approval for 120 LPC places and 45 GDL places, and is intending to transfer the courses on 1 August 2006. Exeter’s centre has been running for 10 years and takes around 100 LPC and 50 GDL students a year, employing 12 staff. The move comes after the university decided, in late 2004, to switch its focus from teaching to research (Lawyer 2B, October 2004).