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£5.8m grant for new state-of-the-art University of Hertfordshire building – Welwyn Hatfield Times

The University of Hertfordshire has been awarded £5.8 million to help construct its new state-of-the-art School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building.
The grant from the Office for Students will help bring the building to life, with it expected to revolutionise teaching and research at the Hatfield-based university.
It will become the largest building at the College Lane campus and will be able to accommodate 7,500 students to help create the next generation of engineers, physicists and computer scientists.
“There is currently a UK skills gap and a lack of diversity in the STEM sector, both of which hold back progress,” said vice chancellor professor Quintin McKellar.
“Our new home for the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science will transform the student experience – demonstrating the exciting and fulfilling possibilities within modern careers and driving more young people from all backgrounds to want to study in these fields.
“The building will provide a single home for students and researchers specialising in these key subjects for the first time, and through new equipment, workspaces and innovative ways of teaching, will boost students’ learning and experience.
“Ultimately this facility will support the creation of a future workforce with advanced technical skills and expertise to generate crucial economic growth locally, nationally and beyond.
“It will also enable us to drive forward our brilliant, internationally recognised research to even higher levels.
“We are delighted that the OfS has recognised the need for this new building and is providing this support.
“This funding will directly help our students, providing them with options and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach, and setting them on a path to become the great innovators of the future.
“It is also fantastic news for Hertfordshire to see this level of investment in our future workforce.”
Susan Lapworth, OfS chief executive, added: “Investing in modern buildings and innovative equipment will help universities and colleges in England prepare students for their future careers.
“Modern laboratories and state-of-the-art technology mean students learn with the best facilities. Our investment will also increase the provision of short courses that offer flexibility to boost the skills of the workforce.”
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