University project awarded £5m funding

An Artistic impresison of the planned new UCLan engineering centre
An Artistic impresison of the planned new UCLan engineering centre
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Preston’s planned multi-million pound engineering centre of excellence has received a major cash boost.

The University of Central Lancashire has been handed the maximum amount allowed for one instituion from a government pot to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching capital projects.

UCLan is to get £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England towards the new state-of-the-art Engineering and Innovation Centre (EIC) due to open in January 2018.

This is ont op of the £20 million the university will invest into the project to create an internationally competitive engineering facility equipped to the highest standard and aimed at bringing together the region’s expertise from within academia and industry.

Rob Wallace, dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “We are delighted to receive the maximum amount of funding available from HEFCE as part of this scheme.

“Not only will it provide a great financial boost to the EIC project, it also confirms that UCLan’s educational vision for STEM development is in-line with the government’s Industrial Strategy. “

He added: “The UCLan EIC will help plug an important skills gap, encourage inward investment and support the local and regional economy.

“It is an exciting and ambitious project and the extra funding will enable us to train the next generation of highly-skilled engineering leaders and support the delivery of the economic priorities set out by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.”