Reports that University of Worcester's £25m creative arts centre and University of Hertfordshire's £12m science block have been postponed

Plans for a £25m creative arts building at the University of Worcester and £12m science block at the University of Hertfordshire could be postponed according to a report in today’s Guardian.

The delay is the result of cuts being put in place to cope with the announcement last week by the Higher Education Funding Council for England that £449m – equivalent to more than a 5% reduction nationally – would be stripped out of university budgets.

The report says that universities across the UK are preparing to axe thousands of teaching jobs, close campuses and ditch courses to cope with the funding cuts.

The savings envisaged also include the entire campus closures at Cumbria and Wolverhampton universities, where buildings will be mothballed and students transferred to other sites.