New £13m Technology Hub to open

New £13m Technology Hub to open

Edge Hill University is set to unveil the CAVE, the UK’s first super immersive 3D virtual environment, as part of its new £13m Technology Hub.

The four screen CAVE (cave automatic virtual environment) will offer students and businesses the chance to fully immerse themselves in a virtual room.

Using real data to replicate reality, users will be able to experience real life scenarios in 4k resolution, anything from emergency situations to complex surgery and lab reactions.

The CAVE is just one part of the low-carbon building which has been built thanks to £3m of support from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Technology Hub aims to be a key resource not just for students but also employers across Lancashire and beyond, including those in the food manufacturing and digital creative industries.

Mark Allanson, pro vice-chancellor at the university, said: “Having this dedicated facility for technology shows the University’s commitment to technological innovation, computing and bioscience and reflects our success in producing employable, highly skilled graduates who contribute to the regional economy and beyond.

“These cutting-edge facilities and systems are an asset for the whole community and will help strengthen our partnerships within business and increase our research capabilities. Our collaboration with Lancashire Enterprise Partnership will help us to focus on regional skills needs."

As well as catering for growing numbers of undergraduates the Technology Hub will open its doors to schools in areas where teenagers are unlikely to enter higher education and/or study science, technology, engineering or math subjects.

Chair of the LEPs growth deal management board Graham Cowley added: “The LEP is investing around £30m in a network of new, modern training facilities which will enable thousands of local people to improve their employability and provide the skilled workforce needed to achieve our ambitious strategic plan for growth.

“We’ve prioritised investing in key areas of the economy such as the creative and digital sector, which already employs tens of thousands of people, is growing rapidly and is beginning to experience skills shortages.

“Supporting world-class facilities such as Edge Hill’s Technology Hub will ensure we have a pipeline of graduates with the cutting-edge creative and digital skills needed to help transform Lancashire’s economy and drive growth for years to come.”

The Tech Hub will be officially opened (19 October) by entrepreneur and former chairman, president and CEO of technology company ARM Holdings, Sir Robin Saxby.



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