Abertay cyberQuarter officially opens

A new £ 18 million hub for cybersecurity research has opened in Abertay University’s Annie Lamont Building.

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.

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.”

The £ 18m hub has been jointly funded by the University and the UK Government (£ 5.7m) and Scottish Government (£ 6m) through the Tay Cities Region Deal, providing a new model for supporting the rapidly growing cyber sector in a facility that’s the first of its kind in the country.

Operating over four floors, the center provides 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 theater.

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 Center for Excellence in Cyber ​​Security Education from the National Cyber ​​Security Center (part of GCHQ).

Students from the University’s Ethical Hacking, Computing and Cybersecurity programs 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.


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.”

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