The University of Suffolk, working in close collaboration with BT, have opened a £9.6 million research and engineering facility at BT’s Adastral Park.
The DigiTech Centre will provide cutting-edge digital skills for people looking to pursue careers in information and communications technology, and has received the blessing of Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne. Specialist high tech laboratories will form the heart of the new centre, and will be used jointly by University staff, students and businesses at Adastral Park and across the region.
Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk said:
“In a rapidly developing technological age, we want the DigiTech Centre to be a state of the art ‘solution centre’ for SMEs and other businesses as well as a research and knowledge transfer hub.
The Centre will have state of the art specialist laboratories in AI, Data Science, Network Security and Cyber range and will make Suffolk a recognised destination for industry-focused ICT and Digital Creative study programmes and an internationally recognised destination for continuous professional development in digital technologies.
This new initiative will play an important role in our region and nationally and we are pleased that students at the University will benefit from the partnership with BT and state-of-the-art facilities.”
Adastal Park is BT’s global Research and Development centre and has played a pivotal role in telecommunications research, such as the commercialisation of single-mode optical fibre, and the recent development of the world’s first quantum networks.
Lisa Perkins, Adastral Park and research realisation director at BT, said:
“This is a major milestone for us at Adastral Park as this new centre will help supply a rich pipeline of new technology talent, which will not only be of huge benefit to BT, but also the entire region.”
“There is also a growing demand for people with skills in new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science. The courses and scholarships offered through the University of Suffolk will mean that we will have access to students graduating with these key skills right on our doorstep.
“The DigiTech Centre builds on a legacy of innovation and development at Adastral and ensures the East of England continues to be a major technology hub.”
The DigiTech Centre has several facilities which span both the University’s Waterfront campus in Ipswich and BT’s Adastral Park. Adastral Park is home to BT’s Applied Innovation Labs and Innovation Martlesham, a cluster of over 100 high-tech digital and technology companies.
The DigiTech Centre has received funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
C-J Green, Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership said:
“This is a stunning facility and one which will help supply the skilled workforce demanded by our fast-growing and high-value digital tech sector. Ipswich is recognised as having a vibrant digital creative hub and students at the DigiTech Centre will have the opportunity to become part of the Adastral Park community.
This investment will nurture skills, create jobs and increase growth and productivity in a sector that underpins the Norfolk & Suffolk economy.”
We track anonymized user information to improve our website.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies and processing. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. Not allowing some types of cookies may impact your experience of our Services and what we are able to offer.
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in. Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working.
This cookie enable us to detect the country of which you are visiting from.
These cookies may be set through our Services by our partners. Some have functional purposes such as capping the number of times you see an ad within a short span of time, but most, through uniquely identifying your browser and the device you use to access our Services and the processing of other information, will build a profile of your interests and show you ads more relevant to them, inferred from your browsing activity. If you do not allow these cookies, you will still receive ads but they will be less targeted and less likely to be relevant to your interests.