The Tay Cities Deal was formally signed on Thursday 22nd November in Perth, confirming millions of Pounds of investment to the area. It is expected that the Deal will create over 6000 jobs across Tayside and Fife.
The deal will include direct benefits for SICSA-member institutions, including an investment of over £26m to the University of St Andrews for transformative infrastructure works at the Eden Campus project at Guardbridge.
There will also be a significant investment into Strengthening Cyber Resilience and Developing Digital Forensics, including:
- £6 million from the Scottish Government and £5.7 million from the UK Government for the development of the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.
- The “Cyber Quarter” would be a cluster of academic-commercial activity, providing a co-location space for academia and industry, expertise in applied research and access to a range of public sector support located within the Tay Cities region. The project will capitalise on the existing expertise of Abertay University in ethical hacking.
- £15 million from the UK Government to establish the country’s first Forensic Science Research Centre. Aims to “drive industrial partnership, invest in an Innovation Cluster Development alongside the University of Abertay’s Cyber Quarter working with SMEs and start-ups to exploit new intellectual property and to enter new markets facilitated by the Forensic Science Catapult Centre and build a world-leading vibrant culture of Innovation, Communication and Economy at the University of Dundee.
You can read more about the Tay Cities Deal at The Courier.