Dan Williams, UK PR Manager, WSP
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IAAPS and the University of Bath
IAAPS will be a new £70m Research and Innovation facility based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It will be operate as a fully owned subsidiary of the University of Bath. The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities both in terms of research and our reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and graduate prospects.
The University is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the Government’s assessment of teaching quality in universities, meaning its teaching is of the highest quality in the UK.
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 research assessment 87 per cent of our research was defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. From developing fuel efficient cars of the future, to identifying infectious diseases more quickly, or working to improve the lives of female farmers in West Africa, research from Bath is making a difference around the world. Find out more: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/
Well established as a nurturing environment for enterprising minds, Bath is ranked highly in all national league tables. We are ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020, 5th for graduate prospects in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, and 9th out of 131 UK universities in the Complete University Guide 2021.
In addition to investment by the University of Bath, IAAPS has received funding from Research England and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has committed £28.9 million to enable construction of the £70m IAAPS facility.
Research England is a public body that shapes healthy, dynamic research and knowledge exchange in universities. It distributes over £2.2bn every year to universities, primarily in England but also in the rest of the UK; it works to understand their strategies, capabilities and capacity; and it supports and challenges universities to create new knowledge, strengthen the economy, and enrich society. Research England is part of UK Research and Innovation alongside the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK. www.ukri.org/re @ResEngland
Research England administers the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), a capital investment scheme which provides funding for higher education research facilities. Since 2012, UKRPIF has allocated £900 million to 54 research facilities and centres and attracted over £2 billion of double-matched co-investment from more than 240 businesses, charities and philanthropic donors.
The aims of the fund are to:
1. Enhance the research facilities of HEIs undertaking world-leading research
2. Encourage strategic partnerships between HEIs and with other organisations active in research
3. Stimulate additional investment in university research
4. Strengthen the contribution of the research base to economic growth.
For further information on UKRPIF visit https://re.ukri.org/research/uk-research-partnership-investment-fund/
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth. By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund.
£10 million has been allocated to IAAPS by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority.
The University of Bath is investing £30 million in IAAPS.