£240m gift to university

Shell is donating a £240m science research centre on the old Shell Refinery in Ellesmere Port to the University of Chester, creating around 300 jobs. The aim is to bring millions of pounds worth of investment to the North West.

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£240 science centre 'could generate 2,000 jobs'

Our commitment at Thornton could bring up to 2,000 jobs to the area over the next five years, together with perpetuating Shell's distinguished reputation.

"The university's vision is to build on the excellent foundations laid by Shell to create an internationally-recognised, financially self-sustaining and multi-disciplinary campus that targets and stimulates private sector growth through employment, education and inward investment.

"It will integrate students with employers and employees."

– Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Wheeler

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