A new Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC) in Clifton will contain state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. It will also support the university’s schools, colleges and community outreach activities, while providing important facilities for industry and a platform for wider collaboration.
The centre will involve a new build and refurbishment of existing facilities and is expected to be completed during the 2016-17 academic year.
The exciting announcement comes as it was confirmed that the university would receive £5 million – the maximum bid for any university – as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) STEM teaching capital funding.
The university will provide the remainder of the project cost. As well as enabling students to work across the range of STEM subjects, ISTEC will allow them to engage in more technical, teamworking and industry-relevant activities, helping to increase their skills and knowledge for industry.
The plan is to also create a seamless transition between university learning and employment, improving students’ employability and further enhancing industry-university collaborations.
Nottingham Trent University’s Yvonne Barnett said: “The investment from HEFCE is in recognition of the growth in number over recent years of students studying our high-quality and industry-relevant science and technology undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
“This latest investment will enable us to further innovate in our curricula delivery, in partnership with business and industry, and to provide study opportunities for more students. This will enhance their skills and experience for employability later in life.”
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Inspiring young people to take up STEM courses is vital to the success of the UK economy. This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow’s skilled workforce.”
Jane Hunt, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South, added: “I was delighted to hear of the success of Nottingham Trent University in securing Government funds to build a new £10.3m STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre at Clifton Campus.
“The new centre will provide facilities for advancing science, technology, engineering and maths subjects for the benefit of both students and local employers.
“This new multi-million pound victory for Nottingham Trent is another boost for improved education in the city and will help provide brighter futures for our children.”