Swansea Uni to become home to digital economy centre

Swansea University is set to become home to a new £7 million digital economy centre.

Investment of £3.8 million will come from the UK Government and a further £3.8 million from university project partners.

The Swansea centre, which is one of seven to be built across the UK, will focus on health and social care, resource-constrained communities, heritage and cybersecurity.

It’ll combine the expertise of researchers from backgrounds including social science, computer science, economics, medicine, arts and law.

The project’s partners include the BBC, the DVLA, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), Microsoft, IBM and a network of small businesses.

Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns said: “Wales is fast emerging as a leading hub for high-tech research, and the government’s support for digital economy centres encourages that process.

“I look forward to seeing ground-breaking research from these centres turning into products that make our lives easier across a range of fields.”

Professor Matt Jones, who will lead the centre at Swansea University, added: “This is an exciting and important time for the region as it becomes a destination for high tech digital innovation. The centre will be a key resource in making Swansea a beacon for the Digital Economy.”

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