Oxford Brookes to receive £4.1m funding to support Biosciences

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Oxford Brookes University has been awarded more than £4.1m by the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE), to invest in new facilities in the biosciences.

The investment, which will be matched by Oxford Brookes is part of a Government initiative to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) provision in UK Universities.

Speaking about the award, Professor David Evans, Head of the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences said: “We are delighted to see this investment in our facilities. It will help us build on our already successful bioscience programmes, increasing the opportunities of students to prepare for employment in the thriving bioscience sector, with industry-standard laboratories and up to the minute equipment, linked to our state of the art research laboratories. This award recognises the quality of our inclusive teaching and learning environment and the commitment of our students."

This award recognises the quality of our inclusive teaching and learning environment and the commitment of our students.

Professor David Evans, Head of the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

The award, won in competition with other Universities will enable Oxford Brookes to respond to the increase in demand for science by developing facilities that will support an increased flow of highly employable graduates into industry. 

Brookes is one of 73 UK institutions which have benefitted from the extra £200 million funding for teaching capital projects during 2015-16. 

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

“This funding is badly needed by universities and colleges to meet the increased interest in science and engineering. It will also ensure that students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, and are thereby equipped for the workplace of the 21st century.”

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.”

More details are available on the HEFCE website.