University strengthens partnership with Eden Project

Lancaster University has strengthened its partnership with Morecambe's Eden North by signing a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines how the two will collaborate in the future.

The institutions have worked together since 2015, including the recent appointment of Professor Robert Barratt as Eden Project North chair of education and engagement, to be based within the university's Department of Educational Research.

This new agreement signals a closer partnership between the two organisations, including special projects covering health and wellbeing, sustainability, environment and green energy, which will enhance the opportunities provided by Eden Project North. The University’s physical presence on the site in Morecambe is also being developed.

Work on Eden Project North continued during lockdown, with the project team optimistic that it can still open in 2023, as originally planned.

Professor Dame Sue Black Lancaster University’s pro vice-chancellor for engagement said: "The opportunity to work closely with Eden Project North is incredibly exciting and mutually beneficial. Universities have a civic responsibility to support the places where they are based and to help to find ways to address some of the most pressing problems.

Universities have a civic responsibility to support the places where they are based.

"These issues range from helping local businesses to grow, to boosting the health of local people, and improving education for school pupils and lifelong learners alike. Our partnership with Eden strengthens our position to tackle these issues.”

David Harland, the chief executive of Eden Project International Limited, said: "Lancaster University are a key partner in the development of Eden Project North, having been with us since the very beginning. Their insight was instrumental to getting this project off the ground and they also provided vital funding for the early concept work."

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