The University of Derby has unveiled its vision for a new science park that will ensure the city is at the centre of the new digital area.
Located next to the headquarters of Rolls-Royce, the new centre is being created through a partnership between the University of Derby, Derby City Council, major businesses and entrepreneurs.
Once completed, the science park will be the home of innovative start-ups and growing businesses, bringing them together with global companies, investors and academic researchers.
It is hoped that the centre – which will create hundreds of jobs – will ensure Derby stands out to investors and places it at the forefront of thinking and making.
University of Derby vice-chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell said: “This opportunity to work within an outstanding facility with a group of innovators is very much welcomed, especially due to the proximity to the manufacturing bases of companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and JCB.”
High quality jobs
The centre is also expected to be a key factor for the Midlands Engine – a plan from the Government to make the East and West Midlands an engine for growth for the UK economy.
Derby City Council deputy leader, Martin Rawson said: “The jobs created on the Science Park will be of the very highest quality and will prove that Derby is leading the industrial digital revolution.”
The city has a rich history within industry, and is at the forefront of the UK’s advanced manufacturing, rail, automobile and aerospace sectors.
The University’s Deputy chief executive, Hari Punchihewa added: “We are looking forward to working with businesses across a range of industry sectors and seeing them develop, grow and flourish within the Science Park environment which is world class in supporting innovation, research, skills development and digitisation.”
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