Wednesday 9 August 2017
Engineering recruitment company Morson has made an incredibly generous donation of £500,000 to help create a new manufacturing hub at the University of Salford to support the construction of an Engineering Showcase and ‘Morson Maker-Space’ at the Peel Park Campus.
Chief Executive Ged Mason said the role of universities was critical in “helping to build the future higher skills pipeline in engineering”.
“We have several key engineering projects in the North West, not least HS2, and it’s critical that we work to bridge any skills gaps by attracting the best new talent. This is a fantastic new facility at Salford University that we’re proud to support.”
The new Maker Space have set up shop in Alumni House in Acton Square in the meantime. There are a variety of fabrication machines available for use from laser cutting to 3D printing and even a waterjet cutter. Currently the Maker Space is only open to staff of the University and PhD students for use for projects but once they have the capacity it will be open for use by all students as well.
The fabrication machines can be used for a variety of purposes such as design work and jewellery to model building for architecture and prosthetics. Students will learn how to design their creations and how to set up and use the machines so that they develop practical knowledge and skills that could open up potential opportunities for them in the future.
The Morson Group, which employs 800 people, has a strong tradition of giving back to the local community, and sponsors a range of students and internships for trainee engineers.