Boost for science and engineering courses at Sheffield Hallam University

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Engineering and chemistry facilities at Sheffield Hallam University are set for a £10 million upgrade thanks to a funding bonus from the Government.

The cash is part of a national project to support high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.

Hallam is to receive £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and will match the funding to pay for the two year project.

The aim is to create new engineering areas, additional laboratory space to accommodate increased student numbers, and better general facilities for young people.

The project is a partnership between the departments of engineering and mathematics, and biosciences and chemistry in response to a growing demand for science subjects at the university.

Pro vice-chancellor Professor Roger Eccleston said: “This funding will enable us to provide fantastic new opportunities for students to study science and technology subjects.

“Chemistry has seen student numbers increase by 300 per cent in the past three years since its reintroduction and engineering and mathematics have seen enrolments increase by 50 per cent between 2009 and 2013.

“Our engineering courses are a national exemplar for industry partnerships with our MEng Food Engineering, for example, directly addressing the shortage of engineers in the sector.”

Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of HEFCE, said: “This funding is badly needed by universities and colleges to meet the increased interest in science and engineering.

“It will also ensure that students benefit from top equipment and laboratories, and so are equipped for the workplace of the 21st century.”