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Innovate UK praise University’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park

Innovate UK visit

SENIOR figures from one of the UK’s leading science and technology organisations have given their support to the University’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park.

Innovate UK Deputy CEO Kevin Baughan and Regional Manager (London and South East) Colm Watling, who visited the £35million development last month, praised the Park’s intention to deliver productivity, new jobs, and a skilled workforce for the national economy.

The non-departmental public body, which reports to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, invests in the development of new technologies with the potential to improve economic growth. Since 2007 it has given more than £1.8billion to 8,000 science and technology innovation projects.

The guests from Innovate UK were joined by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore and Head of the Business School Professor Dave Cooper for a tour of the Park, which was given by Sean MacEnri from the department of Estates.

Professor Longmore said: “Our visitors from Innovate UK were particularly impressed by the scale of ambition of our new Tech Park but also welcomed the University’s emphasis on developing creativity - an increasingly important element of the UK economy.”

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park, which opens in September, will produce graduates with the skills that the UK economy requires to remain industrially competitive on a global scale. By 2020 it aims to produce 500 new creative and digital technology, engineering, and maths undergraduates and postgraduates per year.

For more about the Engineering and Digital Technology Park at the University of Chichester visit www.chi.ac.uk/techpark. Alternatively to find out more about Innovate UK and its mandate to drive the UK economy through the development of new technologies go to www.innovateuk.blog.gov.uk.

Photo caption from left to right: Colm Watling, Innovate UK Regional Manager (London and South East), Cathy Childs, University Head of Dance, Kevin Baughan, Innovate UK Deputy Innovate UK CEO, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore, and Head of the Business School Professor Dave Cooper.