Dame Judith Hackitt DBE has officially opened Nottingham Trent University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre (ISTeC).
Dame Judith is former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive and currently Chair of the Engineering Employers Federation.
The £11 million science facility, dedicated to teaching and research, is based at the university’s Clifton Campus, home to the School of Science and Technology.
It contains two floors of state-of-the-art laboratories for bioscience, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, robotics, sport science and engineering.
The new facility will be utilised by undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as research scientists.
It aims to enable students to engage in advanced technical, team-working and industry-relevant project work, helping to increase their skills and knowledge for the workplace and leading to enhanced employability.
It will bring STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – subjects together to support collaboration between different subject areas and between students and researchers.
The facility will also support the university’s schools, colleges and community outreach activities, and provide a platform for engagement with industry and for wider collaboration.
There is a range of research laboratories housed in the building, including a robot arena, for researching humanoid and other robots, and testing suites for exercise and food and nutrition.
The development comes after the university secured £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in recognition of the importance of teaching and learning in STEM.
The building was designed by Midlands-based architectural practice Maber.
Professor Mary O’Neill, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology, said: “This is an important development for Nottingham Trent University to integrate state-of-the-art facilities with project-based learning, so that we can continue to excite and challenge students and better prepare them for jobs in science and technology.”
Professor Yvonne Barnett, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Nottingham Trent University, said: “This fantastic new multidisciplinary STEM facility will provide an excellent environment for our taught undergraduate and postgraduate students to undertake business and industry led research and development projects.
“This will add further capacity to the strong applied research base undertaken by our research students, research and technical staff and academic staff. We are delighted that HEFCE chose to invest in the further development of our STEM provision here at NTU.”
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National M&E consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes was employed as the lead designer as well as the mechanical and electrical engineering design consultants, with responsibility for both the complete design of M&E and above ground services from the project’s inception to completion.
Nottingham Trent University was named Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.
NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.