By Thomas Hewitt
Work has been completed on a new £11 million science facility at Nottingham Trent University in Clifton.
The newly-unveiled Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre building, based at the Clifton Campus’ School of Science and Technology complex, will be used by undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as research scientists.
It aims to enable students to engage in advanced technical, team-working and industry-relevant project work, whilst helping to increase their skills and knowledge for the workplace and leading to enhanced employability.
The facility will also support the university’s schools, colleges and community outreach activities, and provide a platform for engagement with industry and for wider collaboration.
The development comes after the university secured £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in recognition of the importance of teaching and learning in STEM.
Professor Mary O’Neill, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology, said: “This is an important development for Nottingham Trent University to integrate state-of-the-art facilities with project-based learning, so that we can continue to excite and challenge students and better prepare them for jobs in science and technology.”
Professor Yvonne Barnett, Pro vice-chancellor for Research at Nottingham Trent University, said: “This fantastic new multidisciplinary STEM facility will provide an excellent environment for our taught undergraduate and postgraduate students to undertake business and industry led research and development projects.
“This will add further capacity to the strong applied research base undertaken by our research students, research and technical staff and academic staff.
“We are delighted that HEFCE chose to invest in the further development of our STEM provision here at NTU.”