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Queen’s University Belfast unveils new £39 million School of Biological Sciences

Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Queen’s University Belfast has unveiled the foundation stone for its new £39 million School of Biological Sciences.

The new school is expected to be the key to driving the development and growth of the life sciences and agri-food sectors in Northern Ireland, which currently employees 80,000 people, generating £5.5 billion in sales each year.

The construction of the new school will support 550 jobs in the sector as well, as it aims to offer state-of-the-art research and training facilities for its 750 students and 170 staff – who will aim to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.

Growth within the sector

Scheduled to open in 2018, the building will provide the facilities needed to see the life science sector grow, especially in areas such as food safety, agriculture/food science, waste management, the environment and ecosystems.

Developing the life and health science and agri-food sectors are key when it comes to driving future economic prosperity in Norther Ireland.

Life science graduates, who will be trained in the new building will be vital when it comes to helping facilitate future growth.

According to Professor Patrick Johnston, Queen’s President and Vice-Chancellor, the work housed in the new building will not only be significant globally, but it will also have a huge impact on everyone’s lives in Northern Ireland.

Opportunity for students

The new school is the latest building in Queen’s £700 million 20-year capital investment programme, aimed at supporting world-class research and education, as well as providing an exceptional experience for its students.

To go alongside the university’s commitment to sustainability, the building has been designed to have the lowest impact on the environment. Set over five floors, the centre will incorporate carbon reduction technologies including a combined heat and power engine, ventilation heat recovery units and a Ground Source Heat Pump system.

The overall vision for the delivery of the project is to create a catalyst for social, economic and environmental change, as well as providing sustainable employment for local businesses.

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