THE University of Portsmouth has been awarded £5m by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) towards a new, cutting edge Technology Centre.
The university will contribute a further £6m to establish the centre.
It aims to engage young people in engineering and technology subjects, and create new opportunities for the city and the region.
The centre will support significant innovation and expansion of the university’s engineering and science provision and enable the university to develop new courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including flexible courses in partnership with employers.
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: ‘We are delighted this new Future Technology Centre has won such strong government backing.
‘Our students will benefit substantially from this ultra-modern facility, and we will be able to work even more closely with employers and local schools and colleges.
‘It will be a technology hub for the city and region, allowing young people to be introduced to and enthused by technology and engineering.
‘The decline of shipbuilding in Portsmouth means the city needs to build on its historic strength in engineering, while redefining and growing to be a hub of future technology industries.
‘The university has a key role to play in this renaissance and will use this government funding to develop a facility that will support the increased demand for highly skilled STEM graduates in the workplace.’
The centre will be housed in a new wing of the university’s Portland building.
Work on the new centre will begin next summer and will be completed by January 2017.