£10m has been awarded to the University of Southampton to develop new world-class engineering research facilities. Outdated equipment will be replaced, with much of the money spent on marine and maritime sciences.
There will be major investment in the new buildings at the university's new Boldrewood Campus as part of government moves to inject funding into the technologies of the future.
The UK’s world-class universities are at the forefront of our economic recovery. It’s vital we do everything we can to encourage collaboration with the private sector and boost funding for research.
– David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science
Over two-hundred primary schools in Oxfordshire have the opportunity to take part in a competition to find the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The Engineering Explorers Competition is being launched to boost science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in the UK.
Babcock Education and Science Oxford have joined forces to encourage children and young people to get involved in science.
The competition will see children working in teams and thinking like engineers to design and build their own working-model crane.
Amanda Fisher, Director of Education at Babcock said, "Our ground breaking partnership with Science Oxford promises to inspire, generate and drive young minds towards the array of opportunities that STEM issues offer.”
Professor William Powrie, Dean of the University's Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, said: "I really hope that these events spark enthusiasm and prove influential in persuading many of the children to choose science or engineering as a career."