Multi-million pound facilities to meet demand for Life Sciences
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 ...
An exciting new multi-million pound development is underway at Keele University’s Huxley Building to meet student demand for Life Sciences courses and 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, enabling students to continue their high quality research, and 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 part-fund the project, which will enable Keele to meet the growing demand in applications to study Life Sciences subjects.
The internationally recognised research carried out at Keele in Life Sciences includes advances in cell and molecular medicine, applied entomology and parasitology, and neuroscience.
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 progress the understanding and impact of these subjects, contributing to future demands of society, develop contemporary curriculums and ensure that our graduates are at the forefront of their field."
Professor Dave Hoole, Head of the School of Life Sciences, said: "The new build underlines Keele's commitment to Life Sciences and will particularly benefit the areas of Biomedical Science, Biochemistry and Neuroscience, which have particular student demand. It will also allow us to grow research in the Neuroscience area, and develop collaborations with our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including cell and molecular medicine.
"We have a research-led teaching environment at Keele and our policy is to recruit new academic staff who are research active and will contribute to the breadth and depth of research at Keele."
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Mark Ormerod, welcomed guests to an event to mark the start of work on the new laboratories, which he said was a really exciting project, providing much bigger facilities for Life Sciences.
To find out more about undergraduate courses, postgraduate taught courses and research in the School of Life Sciences visit http://www.keele.ac.uk/lifesci/.