Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


28 Mar 2019

Universities Minister visits Loughborough as part of British Science Week

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Chris Skidmore MP – Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation – visited Loughborough University on Friday 8 March.

Tying in with the start of British Science Week, the minister was interested to learn more about Loughborough’s pioneering STEM teaching and research facilities.

He received a tour of the £17m state-of-the-art STEMLab where he visited laboratory classes and mechanical workshops taking place, accompanied by Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) President Rahul Mathasing and Education Executive Officer, Hannah Barton.

At the Start-Up Lab, based in the STEMLab Ideas Factory, Mr Skidmore learned about a range of student projects including Engineers Without Borders, Bake Balance, a healthy baked goods business and StuTemp, a recruitment company which matches temporary job vacancies with students looking for flexible work.

He then received a tour of the National Centre for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology (NCCAT) alongside Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise, Professor Tracy Bhamra and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Steve Rothberg. Set to open in 2019, NCCAT will act as the UK’s primary hub for research focusing on the development of future low emission aerospace combustion systems that will reduce the environmental impact of aircraft. 

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