The Office for Students (OfS) has today published their list of successful bids to the OfS Capital Fund which totals some £450 million over two years nationally.
Nottingham College has been successful in a bid for £785,423 from this fund for the development of an Engineering Automation and Innovation Centre within its Highfields campus. The funds will drive an expansion and modernisation of the college’s engineering and manufacturing skills offer, enabling us to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment and resources that will help us address gaps in our provision and help us to develop our engineering and manufacturing offer at levels 4 and 5.
Through this new centre we will be able to deliver enhanced employability skills through the provision of highly labour-market responsive training, mapped to current and emerging technologies and equip learners with the knowledge and skills to thrive in emerging engineering and manufacturing industries locally, regionally and globally.
Our staff will be able to benefit from access to new equipment and resources and extensive training to help them in the delivery of new skills in this ever-evolving sector.
This latest announcement caps off a year in which the college has seen many successful bids come to fruition, totalling some £10 million for the college overall. This includes £4 million for a new SLDD centre (Students with Learning Difficulties and or Disabilities) at Basford, £1.6 million to help deliver a range of improvements to our Stoney Street campus, nearly £300K to deliver this year’s Turing scheme overseas trips, another £300K to deliver the city’s Multiply maths project, £1.2 million to enhance our HE science offer and just short of £400K for a second round of SDF. Many more smaller project bid contribute to a highly successful bidding year for the college.
This latest win gives the college yet more funds to develop its offer, meet the needs of students, address the skills gaps our employers tell us about and importantly, delivers vital training and development to our teachers and technicians.