9th October 2006


A new media and technology centre which aims to strengthen links between the university and the region’s business community is to be officially opened on Wednesday.


Bryan Jackson, Chairman of emda (the East Midlands Development Agency), will open the East Midlands Media and Technology Enterprise Centre (EMMTEC) in Lincoln on Wednesday 11th October 2006.


The high-tech £5.3 million building is part of the University of Lincoln and was developed with support from emda (£1.6million) and Lincolnshire Enterprise (£200,000) as part of a wider programme of developments within the existing building.


EMMTEC provides Lincolnshire with an IT centre of excellence, outreach for media and computer-based learning as well as research and development.


An extension to the university’s Media, Humanities and Computing building at Brayford Pool, it features 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 EMMTEC is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to applied research, knowledge transfer, continuing professional development, consultancy and conferencing,” said Gary Cook, Director of Commercial Partnerships at the University of Lincoln.


“It is crucial for the development of our economic regeneration agenda, giving us the tools we will need to expand and reinforce the contribution we are making to the economic life of the region.”


Bryan Jackson, Chairman of emda, added:  “The new Regional Economic Strategy, co-ordinated by emda and published in July 2006, highlights how advances in technology are driving new markets, products and processes. 


“EMMTEC brings together a range of different media to combine the artistic with the scientific, enabling more individuals, groups and businesses from across the East Midlands to explore innovative practices through use of these resources. 


“We are pleased to support this project as part of our overall ambition to create a flourishing region by 2020.”


The opening event will begin at the EMMTEC with a reception at 12 noon on Wednesday 11th October.


Bryan Jackson will address the guests and unveil a special plaque before a new DVD promoting the centre is premiered in the EMMTEC auditorium.


Guests will then be able to tour the facilities and view displays of technology research, media training and digital broadcasting.



Reporters, photographers and TV crews are welcome to attend the event. To make the arrangements, or for any other information, please contact Shooting Star PR on the details below.



About emda


The East Midlands Development Agency (emda) was set up in 1999 to bring more jobs and skills to the region and to make the East Midlands a better place to live and work.


The new Regional Economic Strategy - ‘A Flourishing Region’, co-ordinated by emda - sets out priorities for the region until 2020.


Its publication follows the most comprehensive consultation ever undertaken in the East Midlands where more than 1,400 stakeholders and partners and thousands of members of the public had their say on the future of the region.


The RES highlights the themes of productivity, sustainability and equality and is underpinned by ten priorities.  The new RES builds on the previous two strategies ‘Prosperity Through People’ and ‘Destination 2010’. 


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      Contact: Jez Ashberry      Tel: 01522 837294                            [uni10emmtec]