More than 1,000 extra students will have the opportunity to start engineering degrees in September, after the government approved thousands of new places on courses that can boost innovation after the coronavirus pandemic.
Universities minister Michelle Donelan confirmed more than 1,300 extra university places for engineering courses. There will also be 756 extra places for bio-sciences and almost 500 for maths courses included in the boost of more than 9,000, with more than 5,000 for healthcare courses.
The move is aimed at ‘delivering vital services, supporting the economy and generating positive outcomes for students and the taxpayer,’ after the prime minister said investing in skills would be crucial for economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Today’s announcement will not only help thousands more people gain knowledge that will help them progress in life, but also to help rebuild Britain,” a government press release said.
“The coronavirus will not stop us from boosting growth in vital subjects like science, engineering, and maths,” said Donelan.
“These courses not only deliver some of the best outcomes for students, they will also be integral to driving innovation, helping our public services and building the skills the country needs.”
Bids for extra places were assessed on the quality of each university, including rates of continuation and graduate employment outcomes. Institutions were given the opportunity to bid for 10,000 additional places.
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