University of Cumbria secures six-figure STEM funding

University of Cumbria secures six-figure STEM funding

The University of Cumbria has secured £784,000 in funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of a wider £3.5m investment.

The funding will help with the second phase of redeveloping the university’s science laboratories, at its Fusehill Campus in Carlisle, in a bid to respond to a national shortage of graduates with science specific skills.

The laboratory extension will enhance the existing science curriculum, expanding the university’s portfolio to offer degree-level qualifications in chemistry and biomedical science.

Furthermore, the new facilities will help to create more opportunities for young people to participate in STEM subjects in the local area, including through collaborations with local schools.

Graham Haywood, director of Cumbria LEP, said: "In the next 10 years, Cumbria will attract over £25bn of inward investment in sectors such as advance manufacturing, nuclear and biopharmaceuticals.

This will create a huge local demand for science graduates, and people with science skills.

The new courses the university will offer will help young people gain the qualifications they will need to access these jobs, and will provide businesses with a much-needed supply of skilled staff. 

The centre of learning the university will create will also provide a significant long-term boost to Cumbria’s economy”.

Professor Peter Strike, vice chancellor of the University of Cumbria added: “We would like to thank the Cumbria LEP for their generous support to our STEM project.

“The overall investment strengthens the university’s ambition to be the lead provider of science related courses in the region.

“The skills and knowledge students acquire from studying degrees in STEM subjects at the university, together with professional body accreditation, will enhance their employability prospects and create a wider pool of skilled graduates to supply the regional economy.”