Solent University has been awarded £4,339,500 capital funding by the Office for Students to create, expand and modernise courses, facilities and equipment in healthcare and STEM subject areas.
Solent will be using this funding to address government and employer identified high priority areas, and improve the student experience by providing a real-world, cutting-edge learning experience.
The projects, which will be delivered across the next three years, include:
A nursing clinical skills laboratory with expanded facilities and new courses, ensuring capacity for growth to address the national lack of student training placements.
The expansion of the Biomedical Science Department, development of new courses, refurbishment of existing laboratories and a new laboratory with specialist equipment for cell culture growth and analysis.
A new virtual production laboratory and virtual reality equipment, including stage, body scanner and motion capture system to facilitate specialist modules in simulated working environments.
A new Digital Centre of Excellence with a smart laboratory, artificial intelligence laboratory, user-experience laboratory and cyber-security laboratory.
An investment of over £5m of Department for Education and Solent funds to create a sustainable, state-of-the-art Institute of Technology Engineering Centre, including industry standard equipment to meet evolving sector requirements.
· These investments will enable Solent University to offer blended learning opportunities, short courses and technical apprenticeships, in turn supporting expanded access and participation and, contributing to sustainable growth in the region. All projects will be delivered in line with Southampton City Council’s Green City Charter and the Government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.
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