The University of Sunderland’s highly successful School of Engineering is to benefit from a £1 million investment.
It is hoped the investment will ensure that more graduates leave the university with the high-level skills employers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors demand.
The School of Engineering is also set to benefit from improved facilities including new labs, a demonstration space for hands-on teaching, increased capacity and improved teaching spaces.
State-of-the-art equipment, such as laser cutters and 3-D printers, will be installed in the school.
It is hoped that these new facilities will give students a taste of the real-world environments they will be working in following graduation.
The dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Dr Rebecca Chandy, said, “My own passion for engineering inspired me to teach and motivate the next generation of engineers; the role of an engineer has so much to offer to the community, to the region and to the nation.”
“We want to be a stepping stone to students pursuing a career in engineering, giving them a great experience on campus, raising their aspirations and helping them move forward to the next stage, whether that is through placement opportunities or supporting businesses to solve real-world problems.”
“We have a strong foundation on which to grow the faculty and make us the leading university in the north east for advanced manufacturing and engineering.”
“This investment will mean that employers can walk through our doors and see that our students are ready to move straight into their workforce.”
The University of Sunderland already has a growing reputation for its engineering courses. 100% of the university’s engineering graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating, with 96% employed in professional or managerial roles.
According to the National Student Survey, the University of Sunderland’s engineering courses have a 100% student satisfaction rate. In addition, the Guardian University Guide ranks Sunderland first in the country for student satisfaction on mechanical engineering courses.
It is estimated that the UK currently has a shortfall of 20,000 graduate-level engineers, meaning that engineers are in high demand in the job market and can expect competitive salaries.
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