As part of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with Government, the University of Chichester has been awarded £8million to launch a new Engineering and Digital Technology Park at the Bognor Regis Campus, providing cutting edge skills to 500 students per year.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Clive Behagg commented: “This investment will enable the University to radically extend its academic portfolio to meet national and local government agendas for economic growth by increasing opportunities to grow new businesses and jobs at a local and regional level. Our bid for funding was put together by an amazing team at the University with great support from many engineering and creative technology businesses in the area.”
The new Engineering and Digital Technology Park will include an Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and a Centre for Digital Technology, located in a signature new building with a new prominent gateway entrance. It enables the creation of a Research Centre for Sustainable Operations and Departments of Data Science and Advanced Engineering & Design. These developments will work with and build on the teaching, enterprise and research of our existing Business School and our existing Media and Music departments.
The Growth Deal is part of a £12 billion long-term programme to revitalise local economies. The deals are the latest and greatest example of the British economy being rebuilt from the bottom up, and sharing the benefits of the recovery around the country.
Ron Crank, Chief Executive of Coast to Capital LEP, said: ‘These significant investments in projects such as the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park at the University of Chichester, will help to improve the daily lives and prospects of local people, and will enable us to unlock the region’s potential for long-term growth, job creation and international trade.
This announcement will see an extra £35.8million invested in the Coast to Capital area between 2016 and 2021. This is in addition to the £202.4million of funding committed by the Government on 7 July 2014.
Through the development of the Engineering and Digital Technology Park, the University of Chichester will deliver 500 new science, technology, engineering undergraduate and postgraduate student places per annum in Bognor Regis by 2020.