STEM Centre's Royal Opening

Bondholder the University of Derby’s new £12m STEM centre has officially been opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The new 4,200m² STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre, part funded by a £5 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), provides an extension of computer studios and specialist facilities for engineering, technology and computing students.

The Centre, based at the University’s Markeaton Street site, opened its doors to students this month, allowing them to benefit from solutions-focussed and industry-linked projects, and enabling them to develop the technical and professional skills required for their careers after graduation.

The building, built by fellow Bondholder Willmott Dixon, was constructed to meet Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standard, and the architectural design enhances and complements the landscape between the two buildings.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Earl of Wessex was able to open our new STEM Centre, which was built in response to the needs of industry in the region and is designed to provide our students with the best possible environment in which to study STEM subjects.

"Closing the skills gap is a key part of the Midlands Engine strategy and this is something we are committed to playing a major part in. This new Centre will equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills required to make a significant long-term contribution to industry.”