Sunday, March 8, 2009

£200m boost for university building

More than 50 Higher Education Institutions will get a share of ВЈ200m in cash brought forward to fund building projects.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England today announced ВЈ150m will be shared among 97 schemes. A second round has now opened for the remaining ВЈ50m, and the total amount will be spent by the end of the next financial year.

John Denham, Secretary of State for Higher Education, said: "It is crucial for the future financial health of this country that we fund projects such as these to help people and businesses through the downturn. Each of these projects will secure work for those in vital building and construction roles throughout the UK.

"Spending on our higher education institutions is essential, especially during difficult economic times. From ВЈ11million for new buildings to ВЈ50,000 for improved generators, these are real facilities designed to make a real difference to the lives of both students and local people."


£200m boost for university building


Among the institutions to have secured funding are:

Manchester Metropolitan University - ВЈ6m to relocate the Business School and to create a combined Student Centre Hub and 'one stop shop'.

Durham University - almost ВЈ3m to bring forward a pack of work on the new Student Services and Law Building and library extension.

Manchester University - ВЈ3.5m for a new Centre for Optometry, where students will gain clinical experience under close supervision.

University of Oxford - ВЈ11m for a new building to house the Department for Earth Sciences. The building has designed to be energy efficient, with at least 20% of energy used from renewable resources.

King's College London - ВЈ5.4m for refurbishing teaching rooms and lecture theatres to increase capacity and improve IT facilities throughout.

Birkbeck College - ВЈ3.5m to transform rooms in the main building and 27-28 Russell Square into modern research accommodation with energy efficient lighting and heating systems.

University of Warwick - nearly ВЈ2m to refurbish chemistry laboratories into state of the art environments for students, which can also be used for teaching and outreach to secondary schools.

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