The University of Derby’s new £12m STEM centre is to be officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex on Wednesday 27th September.
The new 4,200m² STEM Centre, part funded by a £5 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will provide an extension of computer studios and specialist facilities for engineering, technology and computing students.
It has been specially designed to enhance applied practical teaching in mechanical, motorsport, manufacturing and civil engineering to support our new programmes, whilst upgrading and extending facilities for electrical and electronics engineering and computer networking.
The Centre, based at the University’s Markeaton Street site, opens its doors to students in September this year, allowing them to benefit from problem-driven and industry-linked projects, and helping them to develop the technical and professional skills required for their careers after graduation.
The building has been constructed to meet Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standard, and the architectural design enhances and complements the landscape between the two buildings.
HRH will be given a tour of the building, meeting staff and students, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the opening of the building.
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Earl of Wessex will be officially opening our new STEM Centre, a facility built in response to the needs of industry in the region and, as importantly, one designed to provide our students with the best possible environment in which to study STEM disciplines. Closing the skills gap is a key part of the Midlands Engine strategy – our commitment to STEM education, by ensuring our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to make a significant long-term contribution to industry, is stronger than ever.”