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Chancellor announces £10 million for Science Central

Newcastle University will be receiving £10 million of government funding for research in infrastructure and cities, as announced in the Budget. This is part of a wider £138 million of funding announced by the Chancellor for the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), and is subject to a satisfactory business case and the provision of co-funding. The UKCRIC will apply research to ensure the UK’s infrastructure is resilient and responsive to environmental and economic impacts. In Newcastle, the investment will greatly enhance the capabilities of Science Central, Newcastle’s flagship project which brings together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry to create a global centre for sustainable innovation in the heart of the city.

published on: 20th March 2015

App-movement: why programming is no longer the domain of the computer geek

Anyone can create an app thanks to a new tool developed by computer experts at Newcastle University. ‘App Movement’ turns computer programming on its head by allowing an idea or a ‘need’ to drive the development of an app rather than the other way around. And unlike most apps which gradually gather a groundswell of support after they are launched, App Movement needs the support first in order to get the project off the ground, much like the established crowdfunding platforms, such as Kick Starter. Providing a step-by-step guide, the aim is that anyone with a good idea and the determination to drum up support for the project can get the app made and published on the Apple App Store and Google Play.  'App Movement' was developed by Andy Garbett and Edward Jenkins from the School of Computing Science. 

published on: 17th March 2015

24 hour Charity Gaming Marathon

Congratulations to the Newcastle Computing And Technology Society whose 24 hour charity gaming marathon on 7th-8th March raised over £1,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The Society organiser Chris McQueen and a team of NUCATS executives, all Stage 1 students from within the School, secured a variety of sponsorship from industry including Scott Logic, Reflections(a Ubisoft company), 2K, Nintendo, Monster Energy, GIVEY, CeX Sunderland and Atomhawk Designs.

published on: 9th March 2015

‘Times Higher’ brochure includes cutting-edge Computing Science research

Times Higher Education have published a 12 page brochure containing a number of case studies from the 2014 REF. One of the case studies included in the brochure is from Computing Science, 'Using Computers to revolutionise drug discovery' (on page 11) which describes the work of Prof. Anil Wipat and his research into workflow development and the study of network analysis (read about the research here). The brochure also contains an article about the ‘human-computer interaction’ research of the Digital Interaction research group and the new ‘Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics’ on page 7 with statement from Prof. Peter Wright of the DI group.

published on: 27th February 2015

BBC cover Newcastle Science Central official opening

A pioneering £250m science and engineering hub has been officially opened in Newcastle. Science Central, built on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, has been hailed as one of the UK's biggest regeneration projects. Up to 2,000 jobs are expected to be based at the 24-acre site by 2020. The development - a partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University - was opened by Universities Minister Greg Clark. The complex will include a £58m "urban sciences" facility, which will house Newcastle University's School of Computing Science, along with 1,500 staff and students.

published on: 26th February 2015

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