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Harper Adams receives share of STEM funding

Posted 9 December 2014

Government funding dedicated to supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as ‘STEM’ subjects, will contribute to the improvement of laboratory facilities at Harper Adams University.

An announcement made by HEFCE has confirmed that 73 universities and colleges will receive a share of £200 million funding for capital projects to improve teaching facilities for students.

The funding scheme is intended to ensure that higher education responds effectively to the increase in demand for STEM studies by developing resources that will support an increased flow of highly employable graduates.

Harper Adams has received around £250,000, which will be used, in due course, to extend existing teaching laboratories, which are used by staff, students and researchers at the university.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, said: “We recognise the valuable role that STEM subjects play at Harper Adams University, not only in agriculture, but also in agricultural science, environmental science and in engineering.

“As interest in studying here has grown and student numbers have risen, demand for our laboratory facilities has also increased. This funding will enable us to expand our laboratories, to ensure that we can effectively support vital teaching and research within our science-based courses.”

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Inspiring young people to take up STEM courses is vital to the success of the UK economy.

“This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce. It's just one way we are ensuring the UK remains a world leader in science and research, as set out in this week's Science and Innovation strategy.”

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