New multi-million-pound facilities to meet demand for Life Sciences

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Posted on 18 January 2016

An exciting new multi-million-pound development is underway at the Huxley Building to meet student demand for Life Sciences courses and also to advance research.

The £10.1m, 1500m2 development will provide two teaching laboratories, capable of hosting 120 students.  Two additional state-of-the-art research laboratories and offices will also be created to support the increased recruitment of staff and postgraduate research students.  This will enable students to continue their high quality research and will keep teaching and learning at the cutting edge of Life Sciences disciplines.  A HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council England) STEM grant of £3.75m helped to part-fund the project.

Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, said: "This latest investment will not only allow more students to study courses in the Life Sciences disciplines, which are increasing in popularity year on year, but will advance further research, helping us to progress the understanding and impact of these subjects, contributing to future demands of society, developing contemporary curriculums and ensuring that our graduates are at the forefront of their field."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Mark Ormerod, is pictured with Professor Wastling and Professor Dave Hoole, Head of School, at a start of work ceremony.