The University of Cumbria has been awarded funding of £222,471 from the Sir John Fisher Foundation towards a major STEM project, which will provide revenue support for four newly created specialist roles.
Senior Lecturers in Engineering will be employed to develop and support delivery of engineering courses at the University and at Furness College.
Additionally the roles of STEM Manager and STEM Coordinator will be created to establish a Cumbria STEM Federation, develop an integrated curriculum across further and higher education, and to actively widen participation.
The provision of STEM is seen by the University as an important way in which students can be given greater choice about options for study, whilst creating opportunities for local people to secure skilled employment in the growing industrial sector.
Professor Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria said: “We would like to thank the Sir John Fisher Foundation for their generous support.
“The University plays an active role in promoting STEM subjects across Cumbria and the opportunity to expand the range of our programmes and to deliver more at FE colleges will enable us to take a leading role in Cumbria for STEM education. This supports our aspiration of becoming an ‘anchor’ in our local area for STEM provision.”
The Sir John Fisher Foundation’s main objective is to distribute its income to charitable causes, throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in and around Barrow-in-Furness and the surrounding area.
Investment in the STEM projects at the University represents a strategic grant for the foundation, and reflects the interests of the Founder, Sir John Fisher, who was Chairman of James Fisher & Sons plc, the Barrow-in-Furness based Shipping and Marine Services Company and one of the world’s oldest shipping companies.
Rowland Hart Jackson, Chairman of Foundation said: “The Sir John Fisher Foundation is pleased to extend its support for STEM education in Barrow and Cumbria, by supporting the University of Cumbria, at this time, when employers are in need of talented and local young recruits with good STEM qualifications.”