The University of Edinburgh is aiming to attract academics across a range of disciplines, with the creation of 30 Chancellor’s fellowships focused on data-enabled research to drive innovation across 10 industrial sectors:
- Health and social care
- Public sector
- Financial sector
- Tourism and festivals
- Creative technology
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Space & satellite
- Digital technology
The broad sectoral range of the Fellowships and the fact they all focus on data innovation is believed to be a first for a UK university.
The appointments are part of the University’s role within the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme, a partnership with Heriot-Watt University.
The 15-year DDI Programme aims to establish the region as the data capital of Europe, attracting investment, fuelling entrepreneurship, and contributing to growth.
The University of Edinburgh’s achievements in informatics have been ranked as first in Research Power in the UK by the body that assesses the quality of research in higher education institutions
Professor Jonathan Seckl, Vice-Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy, commented: “This investment will contribute to a number of state of the art facilities underpinned by the ethos of the ‘porous university’ in which research leaders, innovative educators, students, industry and public sector experts breath the same air in interactive facilities to co-create the benefits to derive from our leading position in data sciences and artificial intelligence.”
Announced in 2017, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is a £1.1 billion investment from the UK and Scottish governments, local authorities, and universities and colleges.
Details of the Chancellor’s Fellowships and the opportunities available can be found on the Edinburgh University website.