£31m EU boost for world class computer science hub in Swansea

Posted On: 24th March 2016

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones is due to announce a £31m EU-backed investment for a world class computer science facility at Swansea University. Carwyn Jones

The Computational Foundry, based at the Swansea Bay Campus, will be backed with £17m from the European Regional Development Fund and will drive research into computer science and make Wales a global destination for computer scientists and industrial partners.

The Computational Foundry will house a modern state-of-the-art centre, enabling world class researchers to carry out focussed research. The facility will build on Swansea’s existing achievements, ranked the 1st in Wales and 11th in the UK for the quality of its Computer Science research by the Research Excellence Framework  – the body that assesses the quality of university research.

It will include research and development laboratories, postgraduate and researcher areas, as well as networking and inspiration space.  It will be kitted out with world leading experimental set-ups, equipment, devices and prototypes that will accelerate innovation.

Carwyn Jones said:

“Building a vibrant digital economy is vital to achieve global success and a key goal of the Welsh Government.  

This funding will help build an internationally renowned facility which will act as a beacon for pioneering collaborations with researchers and industry, attracting further research funding and establishing Wales as a world-leading centre for computer science and innovation.”

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