The University of Cumbria has been awarded £784,000 from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to develop state-of-the-art science laboratories at its Carlisle campus.
The funding will add to the £3.5m already invested by the University in the laboratories at the Fusehill Street campus, which are due to be operational in September. The laboratories will create more opportunities for young people to participate in STEM subjects and support companies such as GSK and Sellafield, according the University, which is a partner of Choose Cumbria.
Graham Haywood, director of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "We’re committed to ensuring that the county has a vibrant skills system that is able to respond to the current and future needs of our economy.
“In the next 10 years, Cumbria will attract over £25 billion of inward investment which will create a huge local demand for science graduates, and people with science skills.
“The new courses offered by the University of Cumbria will help young people gain the qualifications they will need to access these jobs, and will provide businesses with a much-needed supply of skilled staff.”
The laboratory extension will allow the university to expand its science portfolio by offering degree-level qualifications in chemistry and biomedical science, as well as providing high-quality space for teaching, research and consultancy.
Professor Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria said: “The skills and knowledge students acquire from studying degrees in STEM subjects at the university will enhance their employability prospects and create a wider pool of skilled graduates to supply the regional economy.”
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