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Further £10 million for UCLan’s new engineering centre on Preston campus

Posted on - 1st February, 2015 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan, University
Esther McVey visiting UCLan students

Esther McVey visiting UCLan students

A new engineering centre at Preston’s university now has more than £30 million being spent on it.

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The University of Central Lancashire is awarded more than £10 million by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership towards the Engineering and Innovation Centre.

Employment minister Esther McVey MP visited the university to announce the funding.

She said: “This money will give Lancashire an extra boost as one of the major engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK.

“It’ll support more opportunities for local people, including women who might be considering careers in traditionally dominated industries like these, as part of the Government’s #notjustforboys campaign.”

The new engineering centre is due to be open by 2018 and be built on the current Foster building roundabout by the Adelphi roundabout.

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Rob Wallace, dean of the school of computing, engineering and physical sciences who is leading the engineering building project, said: “We are delighted to receive this money from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership as part of the second wave of funding from the Government’s Growth Deal.

“The additional investment will help the University achieve the scale and quality required to ensure that the EIC becomes a nationally significant centre of excellence for advanced engineering teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. It will help plug an important skills gap, encourage inward investment and support the local and regional economy.”

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