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pounds 7.7m will boost brains in industry.

A new tranche of advanced courses to benefit industry is being launched at Newcastle University, says Dr Douglas Robertson, director of business development.

Industry's needs in knowledge are set to benefit from a pounds 7.7m award that Newcastle University is receiving to run advanced courses in science and technology.

The award is a major boost to North-East firms wishing their key workers to be trained in latest technological know-how required to compete effectively in national or international markets.

The university will introduce a tailored range of new courses, at Masters level and above, from September, on subjects chosen to meet demand from a variety of industries.

Some courses will be full-time, others in a format suited to working people, and some even with virtual modules delivered to people's homes or offices over the internet.

The university is one of only 10 in the UK to win an award, known as a Collaborative Training Account (CTA), from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, a government funding agency for research and training.

The pounds 7.7m award, initially to cover four years, will pay for scholarships and bursaries for students, extra teaching facilities and the appointment of a CTA manager.

Dr Paul Christensen, a chemical engineer who is also dean of postgraduate studies for the university's faculty of science, agriculture and engineering, led the bid for the CTA award.

This involved submitting a business plan based on information obtained from national and local industry, skills councils and the regional development agency, One NorthEast.

The university's business plan was rated in the top category by an assessment panel, primarily of representatives from UK industry.

"We are aiming to fill the skills gaps that exist today and also predict what skills gaps will open up in years to come, so we can meet the future needs of industry too," Dr Christensen says..

The courses offered will include:

* Advanced computer and communication technologies.

* Chemical science and engineering innovation.

* Environment and construction.

* Power electronics.

* Drives and machines (engineering doctorate).

* Renewable energy and technology in the marine environment.

Information: Dr Paul Christensen, (0191) 222-5472; e-mail

Science and technology goes from strength to strength at Newcastle University ( and nowhere is this more apparent than in the biosciences.

Research in this field is officially ranked among the UK's top three with Oxford and Cambridge, and is attracting investment from major US corporations.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2004
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