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School of Computing hosts Minister

Margot James who is the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, came for a preview tour of Newcastle’s highly anticipated Catalyst Building on 5th July.

The Catalyst is set to open in Spring 2020 and will be home to the National Innovation Centres of Data and Ageing. It will sit in the heart of Newcastle Helix neighbouring the Urban Sciences Building which is home to the School of Computing.

Professor John Fitzgerald, Head of the School of Computing, introduced Margot James to the attendees at The Core’s First Friday networking session for local businesses when she came to visit the Newcastle Helix site. Professor Fitzgerald said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Minister back to Newcastle – the Smart City of the Year – to show off the advances that have been made in attracting digital and tech businesses to co-locate alongside our research, education and innovation hubs.” 

Margot James, said: “I was delighted to visit Helix which will play a key role in maintaining Newcastle’s reputation as a leading UK smart city and to meet representatives who are supporting this work.

 “The collaborative use of data and digital across industry, academia and the public sector is helping to support innovation across the Northern Powerhouse, and through our modern Industrial Strategy we are using the power of technology to change people’s lives. I look forward to seeing this work progress.”

Jennifer Hartley, Director, Invest Newcastle said: “The Digital Leaders Smart City of the Year Award is testament to the City’s reputation for innovation in smart, clean and digital technologies. We were thrilled to be able to host Margot James on Helix and discuss how assets and initiatives on site aim to help people live better for longer.”

Professor Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle University is proud that Helix is supporting the rapid growth of the digital and creative sector in the North East. We are linking academic expertise and industry to apply technological developments to make a real difference to people’s lives locally and across the globe.”

published on: 5 July 2019