City awarded OfS capital grant for developing tech to support STEM and healthcare students’ learning
City, University of London has been awarded £4.7 million in capital funding by the Office for Students (OfS) following a successful competitive bid.
The OfS is an independent public body that acts as the regulator and competition authority for the higher education sector in England. In addition to its regulatory commitments, the OfS distributes capital expenditure from the government’s Department for Education to develop the higher education sector.
As the University of business, practice and the professions, City is committed to supporting the next generation of students into work, which was recognised by the OfS investment which will provide funding between 2022 and 2025.
To fulfil this strategy, the University has proposed to spend the OfS capital on the design of a new laboratory, a new Clinical Skills Centre to implement new learning technologies, and to provide the infrastructure to create a suite of online programmes for its engineering, computing and healthcare students.
The proposal includes plans to design and build a new Technologies for Future Practice Laboratory, featuring technologies for design, visualisation and life cycle simulators for students in engineering and computing; enhancements to the School of Health and Psychological Sciences’ Clinical Skills Centre, which will benefit students in nursing, midwifery, radiography and radiotherapy; as well as facilities to support the creation of a new suite of online STEM programmes.
The proposal to offer City’s students state of the art practical training will ensure they graduate with skills which reflect the specialist needs of local industry and employers, providing a significant benefit to local and regional businesses and for healthcare provision in London.
This will support our role in filling the national gap in digital and engineering technologies.
In particular, London is lacking in its healthcare provision. The growth in our capacity to deliver healthcare training that this investment enables will increase City’s role in delivering highly skilled graduates to the healthcare workplace.
The OfS allocated capital funding to 100 higher education organisations based on bids that demonstrated value for money, effective project management and environmental sustainability.
Susan Lapworth, Chief Executive of the OfS said:
Helen Watson, Chief Operating Officer at City said:
Professor Rajkumar Roy, Executive Dean of the School of Science & Technology (SST), said:
Professor Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health & Psychological Sciences (SHPS), said: