warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/forge/www.ukspa.org.uk/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.

Sector News

Sector News

Ulster University and Dell sign £85m partnership

Ulster University has signed up with Dell Technologies as part of a £85 million (€100m) partnership that will support the development of technology and drive research in digital health and innovation in the media industry.

The university has signed a memorandum of understanding with the tech company that covers the Centre for Digital Healthcare Technology and the Screen and Media Innovation Lab, and will provide technology and infrastructure to support the new innovation centres.

Partnership agreed for new centre for UK/China digital business development

A new Centre for UK and China Digital Business Development (UKCN-DBD) has taken its first steps forward.

Plans for the centre are the result of a partnership between Sunderland Software City, University of Sunderland, TusPark UK and a number of Chinese organisations.

It is thought that the UKCN-DBD could support the growth of UK tech companies expanding into Chinese markets and who are able to implement their products and services on a global scale.

Returner and retraining schemes key to closing the gender gap in STEM says WISE


WISE, the campaign for greater gender balance in science, technology and engineering (STEM), is urging employers to implement returner and retraining schemes to speed up progress towards closing the gender gap in STEM, and in particular in technology and digital roles. There are now over 1 million women working in core STEM roles, however, in technology women represent just 16% of the IT profession.

BBC to open tech centre in Newcastle with praise for city's digital potential

BBC director general Tony Hall has announced plans to open a major tech centre in Newcastle with praise for the city’s digital and creative potential.

Lord Hall said the BBC would be opening a tech hub in the city and described Newcastle as a “city looking for fresh ideas, collaboration and innovation”

The commitment to the new centre came as Lord Hall signalled plans to increase the BBC’s drive to move staff and programme making away from London, with an aim of having two-thirds of its activities in the regions by 2027.

Work to start on new Enterprise Centre

Construction work is set to start on a new enterprise centre with space for up to 32 businesses in Chesterfield.

The Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre will be located on part of the Holywell Cross (Donut) car park.

Chesterfield Borough Council appointed local contractor Robert Woodhead to build the new development for businesses after the go-ahead was granted in February 2019.

The development is estimated to take 12 months to build.

Realising our ambition through science

New report sets out a series of recommendations to put science and engineering at the heart of government policy.

A new joint report from the Government Office for Science with HM Treasury sets out a series of recommendations to put science and engineering at the heart of government policy.

Oxford North approved following ‘call-in’

The planning application for Oxford North, the £500 million new innovation district for the City, made by Thomas White Oxford, the development company of St John’s College, has been resolved to be approved after it was ‘called-in’ to Oxford City Council’s planning review committee at a meeting held on Monday 16 December 2019.

The ‘call-in’ followed Oxford City Council’s West Area planning committee meeting that was held on Wednesday 27 November 2019 where it was resolved to approve the planning application.

UK needs 30% of women in core STEM


WISE says UK needs 30% of women in core STEM

1m women now work in core STEM roles

30% is critical mass towards sustainable representation

Women represent just 16% of IT professionals; a ten-year trend

Number of women in engineering has doubled to 50,000 in the same period

Directors and boards need to be accountable and responsible for creating a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion


RB creates 200 new jobs in Hull as £105m Science and Innovation Centre opens

One of Hull’s biggest firms has revealed its magnificent £105m science and innovation centre.

RB, one of the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene companies, opened the doors on its much-anticipated new facility.

The state-of-the-art facility has been designed to provide a vibrant workplace with cutting-edge laboratories, a novel sensory suite for product testing and collaborative working spaces that encourage ideas to flourish.

Survey of scientists finds UK retains appeal despite Brexit

UK third most attractive destination for academic researchers despite political uncertainty

In a landmark study of 10,000+ researchers, ResearchGate finds the UK retains its draw — whilst offering some of the highest salaries. Surprisingly, scientists in the UK are less willing to relocate abroad than their European peers.