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Innovative STEM building completed at University of Derby

Published: Sunday, 25 December 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building at the University of Derby has been completed.

The new building – which cost £12.5 million – will focus on real-world learning, combining functional space with infrastructure designed for the specific needs of computing and engineering studies.

The University of Derby was successfully granted £5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the new building.

Built through Scape Group’s National Major Works Framework, the building has increased the size of the university’s existing site by around 30%.

Students will now be able to gain first-class academic knowledge in STEM subjects, whilst graduates will also be able to research work and make use of the state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories.

The STEM building has been designed with a focus on student studies, and as result will provide new opportunities for sustainable energy teaching, an increasingly important topic.

Tackling the skills shortage

The university hopes that now the centre is completed it will attract the next generation of talent who are eager to pursue careers in STEM subjects.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group’s chief executive, added: “It is fantastic to see the university’s investment in specialist facilities for STEM students, something which is vital in tackling the country’s skills shortage in these crucial areas for the economy.”

Derby is well renowned as a centre for high-tech industries and engineering, and the building is a step by the university to ensure there is a steady flow of skilled graduates ready to meet the demand set by employers.

Students will benefit from problem-driven and industry-linked projects, as well as curriculum-led methodologies that will ensure graduates possess the right level of technical and professional skills required to excel in the industry.

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