Birmingham City University commits £10 million to tackling STEM
8 December 2014
Birmingham City University has announced it is to invest £10
million addressing the shortage of young people studying STEM
subjects — science, technology, engineering and maths — skills that
manufacturing leaders say they urgently need to support growth.
The University’s plan invest in extra capacity to teach STEM
subjects follows a warning that industry faces a shortfall of 80,000
skilled workers within the next two years. The £10 million will see
the development of a range of new facilities at the University,
including new laboratories for scientific and technological practice
Funding for the cash injection follows the University’s success
in bidding for the £5m grant from the Higher Education Funding
Council for England (HEFCE), confirmed in the Chancellor’s Autumn
Statement delivered last week.
Birmingham City University Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan
said: “This investment shows our University’s determination to take
serious action to ensure we are delivering exactly the education our
young people, as well as the regional and national economy needs.
“Our University already has a long history of teaching science,
technology and engineering, and is a powerful established force in
contributing to the creative industries that make a multi billion
contribution to the UK economy.
“We very much appreciate this £5m HEFCE grant, investment that
will allow us to deepen what we do now and develop new areas of
expertise, delivering in turn a real boost to the education and
training needs of our economy.”
The shortage of STEM skills has been a long running concern for
government and industry. Semta, the skills council for science,
engineering and manufacturing technologies, warned that immediate
action was needed on high level STEM education for teenagers to
avoid a shortfall of 80,000 workers across the sector by 2016.
Earlier this year The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
called on the government to slash tuition fees for some science,
technology, and engineering and maths courses.
Birmingham City University says it will reveal more details about
its STEM investment early in 2015.