[FROM THE PAPER] Planning Application Submitted for £30M EIC

By Haydn Jeavons - Reporter

UCLan has revealed plans for a new £30m Engineering Innovation Centre, as part of its Campus Masterplan. It is hoped that the project will deliver a range of key objectives, including increasing the number of females in engineering careers.
The centre, which is being part funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Innovation Excellence Programme, will be used for research and teaching purposes.
Rob Wallace, Dean of UCLan’s School of Engineering, said the plan sets out the University’s vision to boost innovation, both nationally and internationally. He said:

“Now that the application has been lodged we can really start to look ahead to the EIC and the important role it will play in Lancashire’s economy and the UK’s wider Industrial Strategy. UCLan aims to close the skills gap by inspiring and shaping the next generation of engineering leaders, producing an extra 500 locally trained graduates a year and increasing the number of young people and, in particular, the proportion of females who choose to take up engineering at a local university.”

The centre, which is being part funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Innovation Excellence Programme, will be used for research and teaching purposes.
A spokesperson for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership called the county, which is home to companies such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce, ‘a national centre of excellence in the advanced manufacturing and aerospace sectors.’ They said:

“The LEP has supported the new Engineering Centre at UCLan as part of that programme. This flagship project will help produce the engineers our advanced manufacturing and aerospace sectors need to thrive and support businesses and industry to achieve even higher levels of excellence.”

The Engineering Innovation Centre will be part-funded by a £10.5 million investment from the Government, as well as £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which the university says will be used to supply the centre with specialist equipment.
The latest announcement in the university’s £200m Campus Masterplan, UCLan say they expect the project will be completed by 2018.

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