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University of Manchester invests £350 million into STEM campus

Published: Saturday, 12 September 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Manchester has announced it will be investing £350 million into building a brand new engineering campus; set to open to students in 2020. 

The new Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will be located just opposite the new National Graphene Institute on Booth Street East, providing a base for a total of 1,300 academics along with 6,750 students. 

Raising the bar for students

The university has claimed it will be one of the largest single construction projects that has ever been taken on by a higher education institution in the UK. 

Professor Martin Schroder, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University, said the new “outstanding” campus will build upon the university’s proud heritage of innovation and discovery.

This is represented across the engineering and science sectors and originally began with the opening of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824. 

MECD will most definitely inspire engineers to continue the university’s “pioneering spirit” and to apply their knowledge and skills to help the modern industry overcome its global challenges, he added.

A cutting-edge campus

Graduates from the University of Manchester will have the skills needed to tackle challenges in climate change, changing world markets and finite natural resources, he explained. 

Mecanoo – the architects that built Manchester’s HOME Arts Centre – has been chosen to design this new campus. 

Once the centre has been built it will then become home to the University’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. 

The University has also said that the new facility will include a number of modern teaching spaces and cutting-edge technologies that will give students the opportunity to engage with new methods of teaching. 

The new centre is set to be more than 78,000 metres squared; the equivalent of 11 football pitches. 
Grad Plus have a variety of engineering graduate schemes readily available 

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