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Cumbria students can access engineering careers after charity pledge

Published: Saturday, 23 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Students in Cumbria pursuing careers in engineering and technology have received a boost, after the Sir John Fisher Foundation donated more than £220,000 to support them.

The charity awarded the cash to the University of Cumbria to enhance science, technology, engineering and maths projects.

Staff from the university will help to then develop and deliver a set if engineering courses, both at the university and at the nearby Furness College.

To further the development of the courses, a STEM manager and a STEM co-ordinator will be employed to establish a STEM Federation in the county.

This is expected to improve higher education in the region, while also widening participation in STEM subjects.

At the same time, the project should help students in the north of England to secure skilled employment across a range of manufacturing and industrial sectors.

University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike believes that the institution plays an “active role in promoting STEM”.

“The opportunity to expand the range of our programmes and to deliver more at further education colleges will enable us to take a leading role in STEM education,” he said.

The Sir John Fisher Foundation is a charitable trust set up by Sir John and Lady Maria Fisher. Since its inception in 1980, it has sought to support charitable causes across the UK, but especially to those around Barrow.

Current chairman of the foundation, Rowland Hart Jackson, added that they pleased to extend their financial support to talented youngsters who are looking to build on their existing STEM qualifications.

The Government has placed a special focus on STEM in recent years, driven in part by a shortage of skills across the key subjects. Alternations to the curriculum have also placed greater emphasis on coding, maths and other essential skills needed in the workplace.

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