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A Royal Visit at Adastral Park to unveil the new Digitech Centre
Published: 18 December 2019
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Princess Anne
On the 12th November 2019 a new digital skills training centre for the East of England was unveiled by The Princess Royal, as part of her tour of BT's Adastral Park research and engineering campus.

The DigiTech Centre, a collaboration between the University of Suffolk and BT, with funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will provide training in cutting-edge digital skills for people looking to pursue careers in the nationally-important information and communications technology (ICT) sector, as well as fuelling high tech businesses who increasingly require access to a talented technology workforce. The centre will form part of the growing ‘Innovation Martlesham’ technology cluster at Adastral Park, home of the globally-recognised BT Labs and a further 132 companies.

The DigiTech centre will be based in remodelled and modernised buildings at Adastral Park, and become home to the ICT and Digital Creative courses offered by the University of Suffolk. In addition, it will offer a range of new innovative research and training programmes in emerging technology areas such as:

• Telecoms & future networks
• Artificial intelligence (AI)
• Data science & software defined systems
• Cloud computing
• Digital creative skills
• All aspects of smart metrology, testing and verification

Specialist high tech laboratories will form the heart of the new centre, and will be used jointly by University staff, students and businesses at Adastral Park and across the region.

Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director of Research at BT, said: “We’re honoured to receive the blessing of Her Royal Highness for this new initiative that will play such an important role in UK IT and technology. This new centre will create a rich pipeline of new technology talent, powering the East of England’s growing reputation as an ICT powerhouse, and fuelling the growth of innovative businesses across the UK. We’re delighted to be working with the University of Suffolk and the New Anglia LEP to embed the Digitech Centre at the heart of the Innovation Martlesham technology cluster, and create a rich ecosystem for growth in digital innovation.
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