Tech park

The University of Chichester Engineering and Digital Technology Park will open in 2018, providing the opportunity for 1,500 students to study science, creative and digital technologies, engineering and mathematics by 2021.  

The technology park will house the Departments of Engineering & Design and Creative & Digital Technologies and will produce graduates with the skills the UK economy needs to remain industrially-competitive on a global scale. 

Jane Longmore, Vice-Chancellor, says, “This is not simply a building: it is a social and economic development that will link schools and businesses to increase the aspiration and opportunities for young people in the region. Our investment will impact the economic strength of the area by increasing the capacity of research and innovation while acting as a catalyst for the growth of new businesses and jobs in the key areas of engineering and creative digital industries.”

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park represents a £36 million investment and will offer: 5,900 sqm of accommodation, up to 1,000 sqm of facilities accessible to business and the community, and 160 jobs. It will deliver an estimated £176 million into the local and regional economy by 2023/24. 

All of the degrees delivered at the technology park are designed with employability in mind. The new Engineering & Design programmes take a unique problem-based learning approach following the CDIO engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate. This provides a highly practical and engaging experience that develops skilled graduates.

All students will have applied industry experience, exposure to the latest research, and will be able to move and flex across the engineering, technology and creative areas. The University believes these are the skills that will help its students to stand out in a competitive employment arena.

To achieve this, the University is working with local industry to create an integrated approach to curriculum design and delivery. Students in the Department of Creative & Digital Technologies will work extensively with professional directors, filmmakers, animators and screenwriters as well as actors, sportspeople and composers. Meanwhile, Engineering & Design students will work to a syllabus designed in partnership with industry and business partners will have the opportunity to collaborate in co-working facilities.

In addition, a Creative Digital hub, at Bognor Regis railway station, will open in late 2017 and intends to support more than 150 businesses at any one time by providing shared working space, business advice, and networking events, and will link to the Engineering and Digital Technology Park. The project is backed by the University and led by West Sussex County Council.

Hemingway Design, led by renowned designer Wayne Hemingway, has worked with West Sussex County Council to develop plans, designs and place branding for the hub, based on local consultations with the sector. The place brand will deliver a clear articulation of what Bognor Regis stands for; one that truly resonates with and unites its residents, businesses and institutions. This new identity will promote the town as a place to live, work, invest and visit.


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