Staffordshire University is investing £3.5m to double the size of its London campus.
Work on the expansion begins this summer at Here East, the innovation and technology hub in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, whose tenants also include BT Sports.
The investment will see Staffordshire University London’s footprint grow to 31,133 sq feet, and allow the provider to expand the range of courses it has on offer for 2022.
Staffordshire University London was founded in 2019 and serves 135 students studying on a range of courses targeting high-growth digital industries, including esports, computer science, concept art for games and film, computer games design and cyber security.
When the expansion at Here East is complete, the provider will be able to provide a wider range of courses including those in artificial intelligence, data science and informatics and financial technologies.
It also plans to use the space to improve the facilities available for students. From September, the campus will comprise three distinct areas: The Production Warehouse, which will have a new virtual production suite and post-production suite; The Data Junction (pictured), described as a “mega lab” with wireless casting and presenting facilities; and The Digital Loft which includes a retro gaming café, collaboration zones, a presentation space, and spaces for relaxation and reflection.
“Digital has been part of our university’s DNA for more than half a century but our Staffordshire University London campus has provided us the opportunity to create an outstanding facility dedicated to supporting our next generation of industry professionals through technology-enabled learning,” said Staffordshire University vice-chancellor Professor Liz Barnes.
“At the same time, we are also mindful that we need to provide students with a supportive student experience which is why the design aesthetic, and bringing the outside in, is so important. Our expansion also means that we’ll be welcoming new staff dedicated to providing wellbeing support, advice and activities for our growing student community.”
Director of Staffordshire University London Matt Brindley-Sadler, who is overseeing the project, said:
“Our number one priority is to create an exciting and vibrant campus where students and staff, alongside our external stakeholder partners, come together and truly ‘Create the Uncreated’. Our focus is on collaborative working and harnessing new technologies to drive innovation.
“This is a core remit for us as we seek to accelerate new and exciting pilot projects underpinned by our culture of incubation. As a valued member of the Here East education and innovation ecosystem, we are growing our networks and working with our digital industry neighbours across the wider campus and East London conurbation to share our resources and expertise.
“This investment will enable us to engage more widely with local schools, colleges, and organisations dedicated to providing opportunities for the local communities to upskill and embrace social mobility.”
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