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New state-of-the-art facilities open for chemical engineering students

11 October 11

A new state-of-the-art chemical engineering laboratory will be opened this Wednesday, 12 October at the University of Bradford.

The Wilkinson Chemical Engineering Laboratory will be opened by Professor William Wilkinson, former President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and former Director of British Nuclear Fuels. Professor Wilkinson is also the former Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford between 1967-1979.

Between 1959 and 2003 the University of Bradford trained over 2,000 Chemical Engineers who will now be practicing all over the world.  However, due to a general decline in students studying for engineering degrees a decade ago, and with dwindling numbers, the course was stopped in 2002.  Subsequently, demand for chemical engineering courses rose again and chemical engineering at Bradford was officially re-launched in January 2011 by Dr David Brown, CEO of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

As part of the re-launch of chemical engineering courses, the University committed to invest in the development of a brand new laboratory so that students can learn in high-quality environments with state-of-the-art equipment ready for employment after graduation.

The University of Bradford has a long established and very highly-regarded association both with the provision of taught programmes and with pioneering research in Chemical Engineering and its related disciplines. 

Dean of the School of Engineering, Design and Technology, Professor Alastair Wood, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Chemical Engineering back into the portfolio of undergraduate engineering within the School of Engineering, Design and Technology after an absence of almost a decade. The re-launched Chemical Engineering provision has also provided opportunities to present a very distinctive cross-school offering that re-enforces the increasingly strong links that Engineering, Design and Technology is forging with the School of Life Sciences.”

Professor Iqbal Mujtaba from the School of Engineering, Design and Technology said: "We are delighted to build the new state of the art chemical engineering laboratory and name it after Professor Wilkinson, a former Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bradford. Professor Wilkinson is a well known personality who made significant contributions in chemical engineering globally and nationally especially in the area of nuclear fuel. 

The new facilities contain many scaled down and compact equipment which will provide our undergraduate and postgraduate students with a unique learning opportunity in chemical engineering for many years to come." 

The University of Bradford's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary will attend the ceremony along with other dignitaries including Professor Sir William Wakeham (FREng) (President of Institute of Chemical Engineers, Vice Chancellor of University of Southampton, and former Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London).

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