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Work has begun on £10 million Telford University engineering HQ

Published: Saturday, 06 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Work has started on a £10 million development at Telford’s university campus which will see a new engineering department created.

Building work on the project officially started in April 2016, but it has begun to take shape and is part of the University of Wolverhampton’s £250 million Our Vision, Your Opportunity investment plan.

The university is investing in new advanced engineering facilities and courses in an attempt to plug the nationwide shortage of qualified engineering graduates.

Courses that will now be available at the university include BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering, BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and BEng (Hons) Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.

The new buildings will house state-of-the-art equipment, including a design and visualisation facility, laboratories dedicated to electronics and telecommunications, 3D printing facilities, engine test facilities, wind tunnels and metrology and materials testing research.

Beginning to take shape

Professor Ian Oakes, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, has expressed his excitement at the development beginning to take shape, which is scheduled to be completed by November 2016.

The £10 million investment in the new facilities and number of new engineering courses on offer has sparked a lot of interest, with applications already increasingly considerably on last year. Aerospace, in particular has proved to be hugely popular amongst students.

Such a substantial investment indicates a commitment from the university to provide the next generation of skilled engineers.

The new courses, which are currently taking applications, combine live industrial project work and activity based learning, with a strong focus on employability and creativity.

Hannah Kelsall, RIBA Part II architectural assistant at associated architects, who designed the redevelopment, expressed her delight at seeing how fast the scheme is developing and how the new engineering building will be the hub for existing and prospective students as well as potential sponsors and staff.

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