Staffordshire University is opening its doors this weekend to give residents a look behind the scenes following a £40million investment.
It follows the move of several departments and hundreds of students and staff from the Stafford site.
The “All Stoked Up" event aims to connect local people with the University, and make them proud of what is on offer in the city.
Today the Stoke campus's Science Centre is hosting a mini science festival with chance to take part in the Great Biology Bake Off, and a Digital Day where visitors of all ages can get hands-on with the latest technologies and take part in coding classes and digital workshops.
The £40 million includes:
- £11.5m to create the Cadman Studios, which includes state-of-the-art TV and Music Technology Studios. The building has been extensively remodelled to create brand new studio spaces, an industry standard television studio, control rooms, and music studios. Games Design studios have also been introduced in the Cadman building, as well as a dedicated larger motion capture studio. These new spaces link to new and existing post-production suites, including music and film technologies, in the Henrion building.
- £8.7m has been spent on new Computing and Games facilities. This project, called Digital Kiln, merges learning space with state-of-the-art technology to support all sorts of courses from Cyber Security to Games Design. Housed within the Mellor building, the bespoke Labs will help drive reputation as a leading University for Gaming Technology. This includes a large, open plan social space on the top floor, extensively equipped with the latest learning technology and flexible furniture and fantastic views across the city.
- The Beacon building – a brand new £5.5m facility which includes 12 teaching areas and general teaching rooms, lectures spaces, IT labs, seminar spaces, and The Pavilion café.
- £14m has been invested across the Stoke-on-Trent campus on newly refurbished halls of residence, refreshed general teaching and social spaces, increased parking provision and landscaping and environmental improvements.
Tomorrow the site will host Open Your Mind Day, for prospective students and their families to learn more about the courses on offer.