University of chester thornton science park

University of chester thornton science park

Thornton Science Park

Our science park, a centre for major scientific research in the region and also the headquarters for our science and engineering courses.

     Early 2013 saw one of the most exciting developments in the history of the University of Chester, when it was announced that the University had acquired the site of the Shell Technology Centre at Thornton, Cheshire.

Thornton Science Park is now a major research and innovation hub, and offers a unique blend of industry, innovation and academia.

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Thornton Science Park is home to the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is the study base for students studying Engineering, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science courses.

Our Thornton Science Park is based just outside of Chester, and is a major research and innovation hub. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, its takeover by the University has created the opportunity to apply the Centre’s legacy to the continuation of innovation and research in science and engineering in the North West.

University of chester thornton science park

For Engineering students there are purpose-built facilities donated to the University of Chester by Shell, used for problem-based learning. For Natural Sciences students there are purpose-built laboratories equipped to give you the best practical experience and learning opportunities, and you will also be working alongside active researchers and industrial partners. For Computer Science students there is access to a range of fully licensed design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, games area in the library to play computer games, software for 3D modelling, graphics programming, game engine programming, computational analysis and programming. Meanwhile, Mathematics students will be supported by the use of the most up-to-date computer facilities available.

University of chester thornton science park

Thornton Science Park offers a number of benefits to businesses and students alike:

  • For students, the opportunity to study using state-of-the-art facilities alongside on-site science and technology employers is unique. Thornton Science Park is home to multiple degrees that have been designed with employability at their core.
  • Thornton Science Park offers 22 ‘incubator spaces’ for young and developing enterprises. Businesses in the environment, engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors benefit from specialist on-site facilities and accommodation as well as support through specialist knowledge and expertise from leading academics.
  • Larger firms and multinationals are offered a range of commercial options at the site, both through partnerships with the University and other stakeholders.
  • The 66-acre site contains over 1 million square feet of industrial laboratories, workshops and office space for new and existing companies.