£20m Engineering Innovation Centre for UK University

The Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is set to open in 2018 and will bring together the region's expertise from within academia and industry.

It will be equipped with technology demonstration areas and specialist work sections to create an integrated space for teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

Rob Wallace, dean of the school of computing, engineering and physical sciences, said: "The UCLan EIC is an ambitious and exciting project that will enable us to provide a long-term economic asset for the area by supporting the industries that are the foundations of Lancashire's economy and play an important role in the UK's industrial strategy.

"We also aim to inspire and create the next generation of highly-skilled engineering leaders, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities within the UK and global economies.

"Through our expanded engineering school we will also offer degrees in emerging engineering disciplines such as oil and gas safety engineering and aerospace engineering."

Andrew Lewis, an aerodynamicist for Williams F1 and UCLan alumni, added: "The North West has a rich heritage in engineering and manufacturing; the EIC will locate itself perfectly in order to drive innovation and the all-important transfer of knowledge. I look forward to seeing it develop and what opportunities it brings."

The UCLan EIC is due for completion in summer 2018.

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