Published: 08 December 2014

Five million pound investment for new 'Engineering for Health' Lab

The University of Surrey has today been awarded a £5 million grant from HEFCE to develop a new Engineering for Health Learning Laboratory. Added to the University’s own £5 million investment, the new project will result in a £10 million facility.

This will help drive forward the University’s ‘Engineering for Heath’ campaign, which looks to address the demands our ageing population will place on the health service, by providing highly skilled graduates that will able to develop technologies such as remote monitoring of patients and personalised care, not possible in today’s health system or with current technologies.

Professor Vince Emery, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey said: “Between 2012 and 2020, the UK economy will require 830,000 professional scientists, engineers and technologists. The University of Surrey will deliver graduates equipped to fill this skills gap and tackle these challenges head-on.

“Changing patterns of disease and new risks emerging from globalisation and climate change require urgent new approaches to health. Through this grant, we will develop a new laboratory that will bring together students from different disciplines, enabling them to drive research into areas that address the future needs of industry and society.”

In 2017, the University of Surrey will also be launching a new Engineering for Health undergraduate programme and is currently working to enhance the flexibility of existing undergraduate programmes in engineering, biosciences and health sciences by developing new shared modules and industry-led projects.

“We hope that these developments will help address the nationwide problem of attracting women to existing undergraduate engineering degree courses,” said Professor Emery.

“It is crucial to ensure that future health engineers are drawn from the whole talent pool.”

This grant is part of HEFCE’s £200 million investment to support an increase in high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics students.

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