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First engineering school for 20 years gets green light for University of Lincoln

09 July 2010

Work has begun on the first new engineering school to be created in the UK for more than 20 years. Planners at City of Lincoln Council gave the green light to proposals by the University of Lincoln to build an Engineering Hub at its Brayford Pool campus. The new school will have a temporary presence in Think Tank, the city council’s nearby business innovation centre, while the £7m facility is being built.

The first students will enrol on undergraduate and postgraduate engineering degrees in September 2010 and the school expects to move into the new building in September 2011.

The school is a partnership project between the University of Lincoln and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, which has a major presence in the city.

Professor Paul Stewart (pictured), head of the Lincoln School of Engineering, said: “Although we are only in our first year of existence, we have been overwhelmed by the level of interest.

The Engineering Hub represents the efforts of people at the University of Lincoln and Siemens, and we believe it will significantly contribute to both the local and national economy.

Last month Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery was highly commended in an Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award for Best Partnership between Business and Education.

The creation of a new engineering school (an art's impression of which is shown here) is just the latest development at the University of Lincoln, where more than £180 million has been spent since 1996 creating a new waterfront university in the heart of the city.

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