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21st July 2010, 2:16pm  (updated 14th February 2011, 10:38am)
Engineering School gets planning green light
artist's impression of new Engineering School Building work on the new £37 million University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering will get underway in September after planning permission was granted by Lincoln City Council.

The School, which is the first purpose-built Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years, has attracted funding from a number of agencies including European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from the European Union and East Midlands Development Agency (emda) Single Programme, as well as a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The £37 million represents a four-year rolling development programme and includes a significant investment from Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd.

As well as a £5 million build cost, principal expenditure centres around set-up, infrastructure and equipment costs for teaching and research laboratories, first-class lecture and seminar facilities, and an ambitious academic and technical staff recruitment strategy.

Professor Paul Stewart, Head of the School of Engineering, said: “My staff and I are absolutely delighted with the news that planning has been granted. Although still only in our first year of existence, we have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the School’s activities in terms of teaching, research and enterprise.”

Prof Stewart confirmed that the School would welcome 20 full-time and 24 part-time students, as well as a number of overseas students, in September 2010. Staff and students will initially be based at the Think Tank on Ruston Way, with the School set to open in September 2011.

He added: “We are now engaging with industrial and commercial partners at local, national and international levels. The Engineering School represents the efforts of individuals and groups within the University of Lincoln and Siemens who believe that this School will make a significant contribution to both the local and national economy in years to come.”

The new School will create 129 jobs and work closely with the region’s small to medium enterprises (SMEs) helping with research and development projects and boosting innovation.

Willi Meixner, Divisional Managing Director for Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd said: “The main focus of our collaboration with the University of Lincoln is to enable education and training for the calibre of people we need in a world-class engineering company such as ours. It is also an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together to develop the expertise in science, technology and engineering we need here in the UK.”

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