University of Derby has been successfully granted £5 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The University will use the £5 million grant as part of a £12 million investment in a new 4,200 square-metre building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The money, part of a wider £200 million investment by HEFCE, announced today, will support an increase in high-quality STEM students at the University.
The new centre represents a 30% increase on the size of the existing site at Markeaton Street and the project, which will be managed by the University’s own professional staff, is expected to be completed in 2017.
The building will enable students to benefit from real world learning, combining functional teaching space with infrastructure designed for the specific needs of engineering. For example, accessible roof space will provide new opportunities for sustainable energy teaching and the energy use of the building will be captured to support the teaching of control systems.
Nick Antonopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Derby, added: “The award of the HEFCE bid is great news for the newly instituted College of Engineering & Technology; this will allow the College to realise its aspirational vision of creative engineering powered by advanced technology and data science".
“Our students will benefit from problem-driven and industry-linked projects, curriculum and learning/teaching methodologies. This will help our students develop the technical and professional skills required for amazing careers after graduation.”
Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said: ‘This funding is badly needed by universities and colleges to meet the increased interest in science and engineering. It will also ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, and are thereby equipped for the workplace of the 21st century.
The new STEM building will be constructed to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standards, and the architectural design will enhance and complement the landscape.
A topping out ceremony was held in June 2016 to celebrate the completion of the roof. Chris Hufford, Project Director at Willmott Dixon, added: “The topping out ceremony marked an important milestone for this project and we are excited to have reached this point in the scheme. The STEM building is a great example of our commitment to BIM and its multitude of benefits, helping our teams to work better throughout the construction process and achieve the high quality finish we expect.
“We have a breadth of experience in delivering higher education facilities, such as the STEM building, which will enhance the University of Derby’s offering in STEM subjects.”
Live coverage of the STEM building’s progress can be viewed via webcam by clicking here.
For further information about the STEM courses the University of Derby offers, please visit: http://www.derby.ac.uk/engineering-technology/