City of Liverpool College unveils new £3m science and technology facility

Laboratory at the Clarence Street campus have been funded with cash from the £232m Growth Deal secured by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. Tony McDonough reports.

Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, at City of Liverpool College's new science facility
Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, at City of Liverpool College’s new science facility

City of Liverpool College has invested £3m in a new laboratory with the aim of improving science and technology skills in Merseyside.

The facilities at the Clarence Street campus have been funded with cash from the £232m Growth Deal secured by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The fund, secured by the LEP in 2014, includes a ring-fenced £41m allocation for skills funding.

Students from college have received outstanding A-level results this year in STEM subjects, with 100% pass rates in subjects including maths, further maths, biology, physics and IT and the new facilities are designed to build on this.

Dr Katie Spall, assistant principal of City 6, the colleges sixth form facility, said: “The college is investing £3m in creating a learning space and new laboratories because of the demand for STEM subjects in the Liverpool city region.

“Our students have gone on to complete scientific research in their degrees at some of the top universities in the country and are working for some of the biggest companies where the skills they learned at the college are put into practice.

“The new facility will strengthen our teaching and enable us to deliver more for STEM students, who in the past have been really dedicated to their subjects and strive to do great things in their careers.”

This week Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, spoke to female students at the refurbished Science and Learning Resource Centre (LRC) about choosing a STEM career.

She said: “This is a fantastic new development which will enable more young people, especially women, to study science, technology and maths and go on to both further and higher education.

“This is a significant investment in our young people and our future and I am delighted to see that The City of Liverpool College is leading the way in helping Britain to make its way in the world, post-Brexit.”

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