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Multi-million pound investment in university science park proving successful

Published: Tuesday, 13 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park has benefited from a multi-million pound investment in new facilities.

The engineers and scientists of the future have benefited from almost £8 million of investment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

A new faculty of science and engineering has been introduced because of the funding, as well as refurbishment to teaching laboratories.

The faculty is the first of its kind within the UK for over 20 years and is committed to tackling the national skills shortages in the engineering and science sectors, by educating and training employment-ready graduates.

Rejuvenating tired and rundown labs

For the natural sciences and chemical engineering departments, HEFCE funds were used on converting three tired and rundown lab areas into a lecture and demonstration room, which will seat 50 people, as well as a preparation area and chemical store.

This will allow both departments to provide students with programmes in the new laboratory areas, as plans are in place for several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities for local colleges and schools.

The department of electrical and electronic engineering has seen three former Shell petrochemical laboratories updated, so engineering students will be able to take advantage of the latest practical teaching facilities.

Due to the improvement in facilities, the centre can now offer subjects in the principles of control engineering, power electronics, robotics and electronics.

A complete refurbishment of the Kingsley Building on the Thornton site has also taken place in order to accommodate an engineering workshop.

Wide range of techniques

The state of the art facilities mean undergraduates will be able to learn a wide range of techniques in manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

The site also hosts large-scale equipment for undergraduates studying chemical engineering, which gives students a series of model systems, based on plant found in industry.

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