The University of Brighton’s new Advanced Engineering Building, which is scheduled to open in September 2017, has received a major boost with the announcement of a £500,000 grant for specialist equipment by one of the leading philanthropic grant-making bodies in the country.
The award was made by the Wolfson Foundation which provides funds to support excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities with awards made following a rigorous review process involving expert reviewers and advisory panels.
The Advanced Engineering Building will house cutting-edge research being led by Professor Morgan Heikal as part of The Advanced Engineering Centre, which has an international reputation for producing innovative, future-facing research into complex engine combustion processes and laser-based measurement techniques, fundamental modelling and computational simulation. The centre, which has built on a 20-year partnership with Ricardo UK Ltd, is conducting pioneering work on novel low carbon internal combustion systems and will have a direct environmental impact through creating greater fuel efficiency and developing ways in which to reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions
To receive this grant represents a real milestone for the University of Brighton's fundraising activities and we are delighted to have helped make this happen
Welcoming the news, University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris said: "As a university we are committed to making a real practical difference through our research and partnerships. The award of this grant, our first from the Wolfson Foundation, is an important achievement for the University of Brighton and a genuine recognition of our research capacity and impact. I hope that it will act as a catalyst for further such bids in the future".
Commenting on the award, which marks the first major donation given to the university by a grant-making organisation, Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, Sam Davies said: "The Wolfson Foundation is very aware of the role universities and their research play in addressing some of society's most pressing challenges. They also lead by example in terms of providing philanthropic support to add substantial value to university activities. To receive this grant represents a real milestone for the University of Brighton's fundraising activities and we are delighted to have helped make this happen."
The Wolfson Foundation grant means that £14.5 million has now been secured towards the overall £17 million target investment for the Advanced Engineering Centre. The university hopes to generate the remaining funds through a public fundraising campaign amongst alumni, friends and organisations.
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