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The University of Bedfordshire is officially opening its new £40 million department dedicated to Science and Technology.
The STEM building at the Luton campus is being unveiled by Lord Robert Winston.
It includes large computer labs where subjects such as Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Science will be taught.
Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “Today marks the start of a new focus on STEM for the University of Bedfordshire as we scale up our STEM offer with state-of-the-art science facilities."
University leaders hope the four-floor building will serve as an icon for the town and its commitment to skills and scientific discovery.
Bill Rammell said: “It incorporates a public outreach facility, enabling us to promote careers in science and engage with business and the local community to match regional skills needs."
The building also hosts a Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.