New cyberQuarter at Abertay University officially unveiled by government minister
Scotland’s new home for cybersecurity research, innovation, and industry growth was unveiled in Dundee yesterday.
The £18m cyberQuarter at Abertay University will provide a new model for supporting the rapidly-growing cyber sector in a facility that’s the first of its kind in the country.
The Annie Lamont Building hub has been jointly funded by the university and the UK Government (£5.7m) and Scottish Government (£6m) through the Tay Cities Region Deal.
In addition to a physical space for collaboration and experimentation between industry and academia, the Abertay cyberQuarter has a secure cloud-computing infrastructure that will be used for specialist online teaching and provision of R&D and knowledge exchange activities.
Operating over four floors, the centre provides a flexible range of open plan spaces for group working, private office accommodation for use by established businesses or new start-up companies, seminar rooms for training and CPD delivery, an events space, an outdoor terrace and a cinema/lecture theatre.
Abertay cyberQuarter is to be officially opened by Abertay University Principal, Professor Liz Bacon, alongside UK Government Scotland Office Minister, Iain Stewart MP, Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead MSP and Dundee City Councillor Mark Flynn of the Tay Cities Region Joint Committee.
Creating new solutions to local, national and international cybersecurity challenges will be among the goals of Abertay cyberQuarter, which also aims to bring inclusive economic growth to the area by supporting the expansion of existing companies and helping new ones to succeed.
Abertay University is a UK leader in cybersecurity education and is the only institution in Scotland to have received gold-level recognition as an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Education from the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ).
Students from the University’s Ethical Hacking, Computing and Cybersecurity programmes will have first-hand access to Abertay cyberQuarter, learning directly from industry professionals while also bringing fresh thinking and new approaches to joint projects.
The cybersecurity arm of NHS NSS (National Services Scotland) has already announced it will be locating at Abertay cyberQuarter, bringing an initial 30 jobs to Dundee, and further partnership announcements are due in the coming weeks.
As well as the core funding through the Tay Cities Region Deal, the project has been supported with funding from Scottish Enterprise under the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland.
Construction was managed by SCAPE, with McLaughlin & Harvey acting as principal contractors and the designs created by Dundee-based Wellwood Leslie Architects.
Abertay University principal, professor Liz Bacon said: “Today is a truly landmark moment for Abertay University as we create a new home for Scotland’s cybersecurity community, around which the sector can be supported to experiment, develop and thrive. This first-class hub will, crucially, help Scotland to retain the huge amount of graduate talent that comes out of Abertay and our partner institutions every year, and will also act as a secure, shared space where new solutions to global cyber challenges can be addressed for the common good.”
Scottish Government employment minister Richard Lochhead MSP said: “The opening of the Abertay cyberQuarter is an important moment for the University, region and sector. New opportunities in areas like cybersecurity are central to our commitment to deliver economic transformation. The Scottish Government’s £6 million funding through the Tay Cities Region Deal will help build on Abertay’s existing strengths to take advantage of these opportunities and deliver sustainable, inclusive prosperity for the region.”
UK Government minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “The growing use of online platforms, cloud computing and online shopping means cybersecurity is more important than ever. There were more than 400 cyberattacks in Scotland in 2020-21, and more than a million incidents of computer misuse are reported across the UK each year. Abertay was the first UK university to be awarded Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre. The launch of the cyberQuarter today further strengthens its reputation as the place to come for research and expertise on cyber security – an industry which will bring high-skilled work and investment to the region. The UK Government is contributing £5.7m towards this fantastic facility as part of our £2 billion support for levelling-up initiatives right across Scotland.”
Councillor Mark Flynn, Dundee City Council city development convener and member of the Tay Cities Region joint committee said: “The opening of Abertay cyberQuarter represents another significant step forward for the Tay Cities Region as our partnership approach continues to deliver for Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Fife. Cybersecurity is a major growth industry and the sector has great potential to become one of the next big success stories for the area, building on our established reputation for excellence and innovation in tech.”
Why innovation and marketing are the perfect partners to make changes that matter￼
With the rapid evolution of traditional marketing and the appearance of digital marketing, technology and innovation has become part of any marketer’s life without the need of working for a…
Transitioning to a four-day week – CEO’s vow to strike a healthier balance in the workplace
I came to Scotland nearly 20 years ago from Ireland, with no contacts but a lot of determination. While Ireland will always be my home, Scotland has given me amazing…
Women Lead: The female-led company championing intuitive working
Over the last two years, the pandemic forced a shift to more remote and flexible working practices. Whilst we might be seeing a “return to normal”, some companies are choosing…
Women Lead: My passion for young people to consider a career in digital
Twenty years ago, I stumbled across my career in digital marketing almost by accident. It was during my honours degree in marketing at Glasgow Caledonian University. I was on work…
Women Lead: Inclusive Silicon Valley cohort gives hope to entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds
Things are happening on the Scottish tech scene. Big and small initiatives are creating a fantastic ripple effect on the sector, bottom up and top down, thanks to the recommendations…
Women Lead: The story of an entrepreneurial scientist
I first arrived in Scotland over 20 years ago. I had £75 in my wallet and a scholarship offer to do a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Sometimes I…
Please mind the gap… or healthcare may fall
Imagine sharing a lengthy train journey with others. From beginning to end, imagine how often you might hear ‘mind the gap’ messages about embarking and disembarking safely. Picture how navigating…
Women Lead: My journey from Dragons’ Den to Silicon Valley
Following her appearance on Dragons’ Den, Sheila Hogan, serial entrepreneur, founder and chief executive of digital legacy vault, Biscuit Tin, shares her experience of her time in the Den and…