The Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran said: “We are delighted that our funding proposal for a new Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, has been successful.
“This new facility will be worth up to an estimated £11M a year to the Kent and Medway economy and will add an additional 1,250 graduates with higher level engineering and technology skills into the labour market by 2024.”
The multi-million pound facility based in Canterbury, with satellite facilities at Discovery Park, Medway and other parts of Kent, will support high-value employment, growth and investment in engineering and technology businesses.
The Government announcement enables Christ Church to move forward with its plans to work with local businesses to develop a new curriculum that will attract a broader range of applicants to engineering and technology, which will help to address the recruitment and innovation challenges that are holding back regional economic growth and investment.
The University’s plan to expand teaching and research in the sciences is part of its wider ambition to transform its main campus in Canterbury, following the purchase of the former Canterbury Prison site in 2014.
The funding will contribute to the construction and equipment costs of the new facility. It will be located in a new building, recently granted planning permission by Canterbury City Council, on the former prison site.