The vice-chancellor of The University of Northampton said the institution was to focus on being “financially sustainable” to help fund the move to the new town centre campus.
In June, the university unveiled detailed plans for its proposed new £330 million campus on the Nunn Mills site, off Bedford Road.
Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor, said he was confident £200 million needed to pay for the new campus would be raised from the private sector, with the rest coming from the university.
Speaking at the university’s clearing call centre last week, Professor Petford said he was pleased with the progress the university had made in the last year, but now wanted to push the institution even higher up the educational rankings.
“We want to see even more improvement in the league table position next year. What we want to do in the run-up to the move is make sure we are financially sustainable.
“We are still on track with investing in the new site, but we want to generate a surplus from our own activities.”
To generate more income, Mr Petford said the university would be encouraging more overseas’ students and partnering with businesses.
The university has pledged to offer every student the chance to be part of a social enterprise and is aiming to be the number one institution for social enterprise by 2015.
Professor Petford said: “We offer students placements and the chance to set their own social enterprise up.
“The idea of social enterprise is a great thing for the local community. One of the reasons we are in the top five for employability is that we build good practical work experience into the degrees.
“We wanted to be in the top 50 of the league tables and we have achieved that ahead of schedule. There has been an increase in the number of students which shows we are becoming more popular and the recent student survey showed their satisfaction is above the national average.”
Professor Petford said the university would be looking to create more partnerships with international universities allowing Northampton courses to be delivered in different countries.