The University of Wolverhampton has appointed local Shropshire building contractor, Pave Aways, to build its new £10 million development at the Telford Innovation Campus – part of its Our Vision, Your Opportunity £250 million investment plan.
The investment in advanced, new engineering facilities and enhanced courses is in response to the regional and national shortage of qualified engineering graduates and will focus on providing students with access to technology at the forefront of engineering developments.
This substantial investment in enhanced provision and expanded facilities demonstrates our commitment to providing the next generation of skilled engineers
New courses including BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering, BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and BEng (Hons) Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering will be complemented by specialist equipment: a design and visualisation facility, wind tunnels, engine test facilities, 3D printing facilities, and laboratories dedicated to electronics and telecommunications, metrology and materials testing.
Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “In the UK, it is estimated that there will be a shortfall of around 200,000 qualified engineers by 2020. This substantial investment in enhanced provision and expanded facilities demonstrates our commitment to providing the next generation of skilled engineers. Our new courses combine activity based learning and live industrial project work with a real focus on creativity and employability.”
Work is due to start work in early April with completion expected by November 2016.