Engineering recruitment company Morson has made an unprecedented donation of £500,000 to help create a new manufacturing hub at the University of Salford.

The Eccles-based company made the donation, the  largest ever to the University,  to support the construction of a £16m 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.”

Within the new building is the Morson Maker-Space, equipped with high-tech lasers, cutters, computer-design and printer facilities, and billed as a ‘factory-floor’ space for businesses, researchers and students to work together on industrial techniques and processes.

Professor Sunil Vadera, Dean of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering, said: “The Engineering Showcase is a central part of the University’s strategy to put industrial collaboration at the heart of teaching and research. This remarkable gift from our friends at Morson will enable the university to train highly-skilled engineers in professional facilities and in collaboration with the industries that will employ them.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Ged Mason and with his late father Gerry, so we are proud that this centre of excellence will bear the company name.”

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.

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