“We aim to make UWE Bristol the number one school of engineering amongst the University Alliance group by 2020, said Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol president and vice-chancellor. “There is a shortage of engineers in the region and we are responding to this demand by delivering a practice-based curriculum that will produce ready and able graduates equipped with the right industry skills, experience and knowledge.”
The building is hoped to help attract a diverse, creative and innovative student body to engineering as a profession and help address the future skills gaps in the region and also supports the Government’s commitment to increasing the number of young people studying STEM subjects.
The 8,500m2 building will enable the faculty to respond to the emerging demand for Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering. It will accommodate 1,600 undergraduate and post-graduate students along with 100 academic and technical staff.
Subject to planning consent, construction will begin in summer 2018 and be completed during the summer of 2020.