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Plans for new automotive research centre released

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Written by: Tim MacFarlan | Posted 02 March 2016 16:37

Plans for new automotive research centre released

The latest plans for a £50m automotive research centre proposed by the University of Bath have been revealed to a leading Government minister.

Secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Sajid Javid met with representatives from the university about the proposed centre at Bristol & Bath Science Park.

The University of Bath’s vice president (implementation) Steve Egan, along with dean of the faculty of engineering & design Professor Gary Hawley and director of research & innovation services Dr Jon Hunt all met with the minister on February 25. 

Mr Javid was presented with the university’s proposals to build a centre which will deliver transformational research and development for new automotive propulsion technologies.

The proposed centre will deliver pioneering research and development for new automotive propulsion technologies and provide new investment and jobs to the West of England.

It will also offer new undergraduate, masters and PhD training opportunities and help improve the skills of the current workforce to support the expansion of the automotive propulsion industry.   

Mr Javid said: “The new automotive research centre proposed by the University of Bath is exciting and demonstrates the determination of our auto sector to maintain its position as a world leader.

“Government and industry is already working together on research and developing low carbon propulsion and driverless cars technology but we can do more to help universities and industry collaborate to ensure we have the right skills for a 21st Century auto industry and give us a stronger competitive edge. I’ve asked my team to continue to work with the university on this idea and hopefully together we can identify the necessary sources of funding to get this off the ground.”

Mr Egan added: “The planned structure and operation of this proposed institute will be unique in the UK. This industry-led facility would compete on a global scale in the automotive propulsion arena, with a model of open access to state of the art facilities. The range and depth of capabilities in the institute would help ensure the UK maintains and expands its global position within the automotive sector.”

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