£490m higher education investment to boost student prospects

Students are set to benefit from almost half a billion pounds worth of investment into universities and colleges across England, allowing them access to world-class facilities and a better springboard for future success.

100 universities and colleges will have access to £432m of funding that they can invest in state-of-the-art medical facilities and cutting-edge engineering and science labs.

The residual £57m will be ringfenced for 20 other high education institutions, who specialise in everything from science and agriculture to business and the performing arts.

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said: “Investing in education and skills will unlock future growth, boost productivity and help build the skilled workforce of the future. That’s why we’re spending £490m to support high-quality teaching and world-class facilities in universities and colleges right across the country.

“Whether it’s in aerospace engineering or green tech, this funding will provide young people with the support they need to build a great career.”

Some of the projects include:

  • £1.2m of funding for Yeovil College to invest in aerospace engineering technology so students can learn more about hydrogen cell technology, allowing them to be at the forefront of developments in cell technology and net-zero.
  • £5.8m of funding for Bradford College to invest in its Garden Mills project that will help create flexible training and educational facilities for digital, science, and allied health subjects.
  • £1m of funding for Grantham College to renovate an engineering innovation centre with the latest mechanical, manufacturing, and hydraulics equipment.
  • £5.8m of funding for the University of Northumbria’s Centre for Health and Social Equity to support nursing and incorporate clinical laboratories, home environment rooms, simulation wards, and specialist areas for midwifery and allied health subjects.
  • £5.8m of funding for the University of Plymouth to establish a new engineering facility that will improve teaching capabilities in line with the university’s investment in STEM education.

Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, said: “This investment is about making sure students get the highest quality training in key subjects which are driving economic growth. That means access to top of the range facilities which prepare people for the workplace, filling skills gaps and levelling up the whole country.

“From Yeovil to Durham, we are backing the industries of the future and giving people the skills they need to succeed.”

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