Olympic hero set to open new £30m Science Centre

Friday 28 September 2012

Olympic gold medal winner Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE will be performing the opening of Staffordshire University’s new £30m Science Centre this month.

The world champion rower, who claimed his second Olympic gold medal as part of the coxless fours at London 2012, graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Environmental Science twelve years ago.

Andrew, who first took up rowing while studying at Staffordshire University, will perform the opening at mid-day on Friday October 12 before an invited audience of VIPs, academic staff and students.

He said: “I look forward to coming back to Staffordshire to see how the University is using its development and responsibility to inspire the next generation.”

The opening gets underway at 8am with a science-inspired business breakfast featuring molecular gastronomy demonstrations by MasterChef winner Tim Anderson.

It will also include guided tours of the new state-of-the-art Science Centre which was completed earlier this year and which is home to the University’s science teaching and research.

Situated at the heart of the University Quarter (UniQ), science students from the University’s college partners also have access to specialist labs and teaching facilities, inspiring a great number of students to connect with science.

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming one of our most decorated and inspirational science graduates back to open our new flagship facility in what is an exceptional year for Andrew, this University and the nation as a whole.”

“We are incredibly proud of our small part in his success and feel privileged that he is returning to open our new Science Centre which will inspire new generations of discoverers, innovators and possibly even sporting heroes.”