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Case study: Solihull College – Materials Testing Laboratory

Solihull College were awarded £49,000 to develop a Materials Testing Laboratory to support higher education engineering and construction students at their Woodlands Campus. This is part of a £200 million pound investment we have made to support STEM provision in colleges and universities across the country. 

There are construction and engineering skills shortages in the region and these funds, provided on a match-funded basis, will help the college work with local companies to create higher-level skills programmes that meet their needs. 

The college works with local small and medium-sized enterprises who are contributing to curriculum planning of a new Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering course available as a foundation degree, and a top-up BSc in partnership with Oxford Brookes University currently under development. 

This investment into practical Materials Testing Equipment will improve the learning experience for HE students, and enable them to make more effective conclusions relevant to their workplace. 


Page last updated 23 February 2015