Cornwall to get £30m environment research centre
21 July 2010 - BBC News
A new £30m environmental research centre is to be built in Cornwall and could
create up to 800 jobs. The University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability
Institute will be built at the Combined Universities campus in Penryn. It is
expected to create about 150 jobs initially, with the possibility of this
increasing to 800 in the future. Construction work on the institute is due to
start in February, with opening planned for summer 2012.
The project is being paid for by £23m from the
European Regional Development
Fund, plus money from the
South West Regional Development Agency and the
university. The university said more than 100 academic staff were to be
recruited to work across the themes of clean technologies, natural environment
and socio-economic research.
Stuart Bearhop, of the university, said: "We work on a number of issues that
directly affect the South West. We're working on agricultural biodiversity,
we're working on badgers and TB transmission. Although they're Cornwall issues,
they're also international issues. So what we see the new institution doing is
bringing work done in Cornwall to a truly international stage."
Three years ago, the Institute for Terrestrial Ecology - an organisation which
did related work - was closed down, with the loss of several vitally important
research jobs in Banchory in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
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