Campus cash is welcomed as University continues Severn site work - The Worcester Observer

Campus cash is welcomed as University continues Severn site work

Worcester Editorial 19th Dec, 2022   0

UNIVERSITY chiefs are celebrating after it was awarded almost £6million over three years to continue its development of the Severn Campus as a Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

Development of new teaching spaces on the Severn Campus, as well the purchase of specialist science equipment will be funded after the University of Worcester was named as one of 47 institutions to receive the maximum grant of £5.8million from the Office for Students’ Strategic Priorities Capital Grant Fund.

The Hylton Road building, now known as the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building, after the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, will provide a home for the University’s new Medical School, which will begin educating its first cohort of students from September 2023.

It will also provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment for the training of a host of other health professionals, including the University’s long-running and highly regarded Nursing and Midwifery programmes.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green CBE DL, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded the maximum grant for the second time from the OfS, who can clearly see how important this new development is to the future of educating health professionals that are so needed in our society.”

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester and chair of the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons, said: “The success of the bid demonstrates the confidence the OfS and the Government have in the University of Worcester to develop health professionals and I am hopeful it will be shortly followed by progress in providing funded places for the medical school.

“The new Health and Wellbeing Campus that is being developed on the west bank of the river Severn was a core part of the City’s Towns Fund bid and these additional funds can only strengthen the public benefit from that investment.”

The University has also refurbished a building behind the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building, previously used for Fine Art, into a specialist space for the teaching of Paramedic and other health students.

This building is now known as the Elizabeth Casson Building after the pioneering doctor who is seen as the founder of occupational therapy in England.

Meanwhile, a new building planned for the site adjacent to the Elizabeth Casson building will further expand the teaching facilities for students studying on the University’s wide range of health courses.

“Our vision for the Severn Campus is to create a centre of excellence for health, sport and well-being education, working closely with our many partners in the NHS, Sport and the wider community, who are so deeply involved with and supportive of our plans,” Professor Green added,


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