begins its biggest build
University is set to begin its biggest ever development
programme, following the success of a £20.3m bid for funding
under the government's Science Research Infrastructure
Fund (SRIF). Contributions from other sources, including
grants from the Wellcome Trust and other charities, discounts
from suppliers and £5.4m from the University itself, brings
the total to an unprecedented £49m.
research colleges are to be built, bringing together researchers
across disciplines to focus on post-genome science and
the understanding of human diseases on a molecular level.
Both colleges Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine
on the St James's site and Leeds Institute for Genetics,
Health and Therapeutics between the LGI and the main campus
will stimulate collaboration and create closer
links between the University and the city's teaching hospitals.
Seven research 'clusters' will also be created, using
existing space to bring academics together for collaborative
research around certain key themes: post-genome sciences
(linking to the research colleges); functional materials
and systems (with the aim of building a materials research
college when further funding is available); engineering
and physical sciences at the interface with life sciences;
informatics; global resources, sustainability and development;
society and choice and cultural analysis.
developments in total have been earmarked for funding
under SRIF, with a further five supported by University
funds, each responding to one of these development themes.
refurbishments will create high quality space with new
state-of-the-art equipment, including robotic systems
for purifying and crystallising proteins, acoustic chambers
for human factors laboratories and interactive visual
devices for multi-media virtual environments as part of
the informatics cluster.
work will begin in April 2002, and, under SRIF funding
conditions, must be completed by 2004.