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£96m centre for engineering and physical sciences given approval

Published: Thursday, 13 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Leeds has granted approval to plans to create a centre for engineering and physical sciences, worth £96 million.

The project, which will be the largest single-project investment ever made on the campus, has been given approval by the council and the university’s governing body.

The proposal will see the centre build on the north eastern part of the campus and will bring together schools in the faculty of engineering, physical sciences, computing, physics and astronomy.

Areas of research for the centre will include medical technologies, smart food, pharmaceutical formulations, remote environments, sustainable magnetic materials, telecommunications and also energy efficient computing.

Included in the facility will be specialised teaching spaces, and first-class laboratories in order to accommodate cutting-edge research and provide students with an outstanding experience.

The facility will also enhance the university’s research power and strengthen their position to be able to collaborate with various industries, improving the job prospectus of graduates.

Great news for the region

The university also believes that the announcement is great news for the region, as the investment will enhance the university’s ability to attract more research funding, which can have a positive impact on the city’s economy.

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “The university already has a strong, global reputation for its pioneering science and engineering research, but currently some disciplines that are, and should be, working together are spread across campus.”

The next stage of the development will see the plans for the project presented to the Leeds City Council planning committee later this year, with work expected to start in early 2017 and be fully completed in 2020.

Approval for the university centre comes just a month after Leeds City Council granted approval to Nexus – a £40m innovation and enterprise centre, set to open in 2018.

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