30th March 2005

 

NEW £2 MILLION MEDIA AND COMPUTING CENTRE

 

Work is to begin in June on a new media and computing centre in Lincoln which will strengthen links between the university and the region’s business community.

 

The £2 million East Midlands Media and Computing Centre is being supported by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Lincolnshire Enterprise and will provide an IT centre of excellence and outreach for media and computer-based learning and R&D.

 

The extension to the University of Lincoln’s Media, Humanities and Computing building at Brayford Pool will feature a 250-seat conference auditorium, research and development labs in computing and media technologies, dedicated training suites and TV broadcast to satellite uplink facilities.

 

The university this week welcomed grant funding from EMDA (£1.8 million) and Lincolnshire Enterprise (£200,000) which will allow the project to go ahead.

 

Work is expected to begin on site in June 2005 and the building will be completed by April or May 2006.

 

“The East Midlands Media and Computing Centre is crucial for the development of the university’s economic regeneration agenda,” said Gary Cook, Director of Commercial Partnerships at the university.

 

“The extension will also play an important role in the physical development of the Brayford Pool campus by creating a new public square.”

 

The centre will accommodate research and development projects, developing new technologies which will lead to either licensing agreements with the region's existing businesses or the formation of new spin-out companies. 

 

It will also act as a base for knowledge transfer activities including placement schemes for graduates placed within local and regional companies. 

 

High-quality training services will be offered in specialist facilities to enable businesses to benefit from the university's expertise in advanced ICT, media and public relations. 

 

The 250-seat auditorium will be available for local businesses to hire and for university-sponsored networking events as well as full-scale conferences. This will build on the rapid growth in conferencing at the Brayford Pool campus which is vital to the development of the business segment of the local tourism sector.

 

Bryan Carr, emda board member and Chair of Lincolnshire Enterprise, said: “The centre will become a major contributor for innovation, learning, job creation and business development in both the creative industries and the applied computing sectors within the county.

 

“The subsequent growth in graduates with skills and knowledge will play an important role in diversifying the Lincolnshire economy in knowledge-based industries. Both emda and Lincolnshire Enterprise are thrilled to be involved in the further regeneration of the Brayford Pool area.” 

 

Sue Kirby, Director of Economic Development at emda, added: "This major centre will benefit the university, the city and the wider region, drive forward enterprise and innovation in the business community and support the use of new media and computing technologies by businesses.

 

"We regard projects like this as crucial to support our aim to make the East Midlands a top twenty region in Europe by 2010."

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                        

jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

Matt Genever

emda

0115 988 8375

 

Ruth Carver, Operations Director

Lincolnshire Enterprise

01522 852390                         07787 508000

R.carver@lincolnshire-enterprise.com