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Ground breaking Computing and AI Centre comes to University of Buckingham

07:57 21 August in Buckinghamshire, Digital Technology, News, Talent and Innovation

A £2 million Local Growth Fund grant has been awarded by the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to the University of Buckingham for the establishment of a Centre for Computing and AI. Four new courses will be on offer, including new undergraduate and masters programmes in AI, Cyber Security, Immersive Technologies and Data Science. The pioneering institution will include a Doctoral Training Centre, specialised labs for augmented and virtual reality, along with an Innovation Hub for both students and businesses.

The project could produce 10 new teaching positions, indirectly generating up to 100 new high-value jobs, and train 75 AI Data Science Specialists per year. In addition, the development of new buildings will mean that popular courses can increase their intake of undergraduates from 100 to 300 per year, nurturing the next generation of spin-off companies and development of innovative technologies. The scheme aims to inspire exploration and research for students and local tech businesses, encouraging graduates to use the Innovation Hub to start their own enterprises.

“We are enormously grateful to the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership for this extremely generous grant for the Centre of AI. The University is committed to taking a leading role in training the next generation of leaders in these sciences, supporting the UK to realise its industrial ambitions”.

Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham


The contribution is to be matched with other private investments as part of a £6 million building expansion project within the region. Additional funding by the LEP has also been provided to the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling at the National Film and TV School in Beaconsfield, and Bucks Creates @ Pinewood, continuing to enhance the area’s creative and digital industries.

The launch of this institution, set to open in Spring 2021, is sure to boost the University’s strategic position in the Thames Valley, promoting its place at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and continuing to attract inward investment that contributes to both local and regional economies.

“Buckinghamshire’s creative sector is world-renowned, and we want to do everything we can to support and continue its growth and links through new digital technologies. Funding these three major projects will unlock long term impact for the local economy and support the delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy”.

Andrew Smith, Chair of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP


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