By Viv Kennedy
The University will use the £5 million grant as part of a £12 million investment in a new 4,200 square-metre building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The money, part of a wider £200 million investment by HEFCE, announced today, will support an increase in high-quality STEM students at the University.
The new centre represents a 30% increase on the size of the existing site at Markeaton Street and the project, which will be managed by the University’s own professional staff, is expected to be completed in 2017.
The building will focus on real world learning, combining functional teaching space with infrastructure designed for the specific needs of engineering. For example, accessible roof space will provide new opportunities for sustainable energy teaching and the energy use of the building will be captured to support the teaching of control systems.
Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby said: “This is a further vote of confidence in the University and reflects our growing popularity – especially in STEM subjects.
“At a time when overall student entry in the sector has been static, the University of Derby has seen an eight per cent increase in the number of students studying engineering. The building will give Derby the much needed space it requires to develop further.”
Nick Antonopoulos, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Derby, added: “Our students will benefit from problem-driven and industry-linked projects, curriculum and learning/teaching methodologies. This will help our students develop the technical and professional skills required for amazing careers after graduation.”
The new STEM building will be constructed to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standards, and the architectural design will enhance and complement the landscape.