ENGINEERING courses at Staffordshire University will be moved from Stafford to Stoke as part of a raft of multi-million pound changes.
The courses at Beaconside will be shifted to make the city campus a regional powerhouse for science, technology, engineering and maths and boost take-up among school leavers.
The Stafford campus will continue to house the computing provision in the purpose built Octagon building, alongside a range of courses, including com- puter games, music and film technology.
The campus is also home to the univer- sity’s nursing and midwifery courses, ranked in the top three in the Guardian University Guide 2013. It will also remain the base for Staffordshire University’s education collaboration with the MOD.
The university is a preferred supplier to the Armed Forces for higher education and workplace learning.
The changes are part of the Shaping the Future investment programme for 2012/2013, which includes an additional £10 million on transforming the Stoke campus with new student learning and social spaces.
The university has also reorganised its six faculties into four, now including the faculty of arts and creative technology, faculty of business, law and education, faculty of health sciences and the faculty of computing, engineering and science.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn said: “Ultimately the changes are designed to provide students the best possible learning opportunities and envi- ronment in which to study and reaffirm the university’s commitment to put students at the heart of everything we do.
"We want to tackle the fact that only one in 10 people in the UK study STEM subjects beyond the age of 16 and demonstrate the transformative influence of higher educa- tion.
“The faculty changes, engineering move and building works have been undertaken in consultation with staff, students and unions. As with all univer- sity improvements, advice and assistance is available for anyone affected by the changes.”