Abertay University opens £18m cyber-security centre

by Sion Geschwindt
Abertay University opens £18m cyber-security centre

Abertay cyberQuarter, Scotland’s new home for cybersecurity research, innovation, and industry growth, has officially opened at Abertay University in Dundee.

The new £18m cyber-security centre, the first of its kind in Scotland, covers four floors for use by businesses, academics, and students.

Construction was managed by SCAPE, with McLaughlin & Harvey acting as principal contractors, and the designs created by Dundee-based Wellwood Leslie Architects.

It has been jointly funded by the University and the UK government (£5.7m) and Scottish Government (£6m) through the Tay Cities Region Deal.

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.

The hub was opened last week by Scottish government employment minister Richard Lochhead, Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart, and university principal Professor Liz Bacon.

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.”

Image: Abertay University in Dundee


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