Swansea University opens £17 million computing facility

Swansea University opened the doors to a new, state-of-the-art computing facility last week.

The Computational Foundry, which is based at Bay Campus, will bring together technologists and industry partners to grow Wales’ digital economy.

Backed by £17 million from the European Regional Development Fund, the Foundry will help to drive forward STEM research and create highly skilled jobs in Wales.

It’ll connect researchers with collaborative partners, helping them to develop ideas and form large-scale research proposals with the backing of private and public funders. The research themes are cyber security, health technologies and increasing prevalence of digital in everyday life

Professor Alan Dix, director of the Computational Foundry said: “Our ambition is that the Foundry will be a place where industry partners can work with the University to test new ideas, where people from all disciplines can link up and research, and where the digital innovators of tomorrow are completing their studies.

“It will transform the regional and national digital economy, attracting investment, industry, jobs and other opportunities to the region.

“The Foundry is about building a community – a people and place – so that an eco-system involving students, researchers, industry can thrive to benefit all of society.”

Facilities at the Computational Foundry include teaching space for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer science and maths, bespoke research laboratories and shared spaces for collaborative projects.

“The Computational Foundry is a real opportunity for anyone from any background who wants to change the world,” added professor Dix.

“We want to involve as many different perspectives in all that we do – not just technologists or computer scientists, but people from the arts and social sciences, and, critically, people from our community as we build a future that involves everyone and is for everyone.”