Sheffield University shares £50m

Sheffield Hallam University has won funding to set up a national food centre.'Students pictured here at the Sheffield food festival.
Sheffield Hallam University has won funding to set up a national food centre.'Students pictured here at the Sheffield food festival.
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Sheffield Hallam University is to develop a national centre for food engineering in the city – thanks to a £50m research grant boost.

The university made a £6.9m bid to a fund that works with businesses to support the UK’s economic recovery.

Sheffield Hallam was one of 16 schemes at universities across the UK to benefit from funding from the Higher Education Funding Council England.

Lloyd Snellgrove, director of the Research and Innovation Office at Sheffield Hallam University, said staff were ‘delighted’.

He added: “To be included as one of the 16 successful schemes shows that our plan for the centre can make an important contribution to the food and drink industry and to economic growth.

“The centre will mean the university becomes a leading education provider for the food and drink industry, with state-of-the-art facilities helping us to create a supply of highly skilled job-ready engineers.”

Food industry firms including Mars, Warburtons, and Nestlé will contribute equipment, facilities, mentors and advisers to work with the university on the project.

David Willetts, who is Minister for Universities and Science, announced the funding and said universities were ‘vital to the UK’s economy’.