Xyratex £8.1 Million Centre at Queen’s University Belfast

Xyratex and Seagate are involved as industry partners.

A Queen's University Belfast had a collaboration with the University of Glasgow. It has received £8.1 million for a new centre to tackle some of the challenges created by the increasing quantities of data generated by society today.

The new Centre for Doctoral Training at Queen's, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, and under the auspices of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will help address a skills shortage in the photonics industry, also it helps develop new products and systems to address the expanding storage needs of today's fast moving digital world.

The science of photonics, which is based around the use of light, is the foundation for many innovations in use today, from vision correction and endoscopy to telecommunications and robotics.

It formed the basis for the telecommunications revolution of the late 20th century and created the infrastructure needed for the internet.

The new CDT, known as the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration for Advanced Storage, will address the shortage of skilled professionals in this field by educating fifty future scientists and engineers, over the next eight years.

The funding for the Queen's CDT, which has been provided by the University and a range of partners including the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, will enable the doctoral students to collaborate with 12 industry partners in a bid to generate new ideas for research and commercial opportunities that cannot yet be foreseen.

To date the EPSRC's CDT scheme has seen a total investment of £962 million in 115 centres acros the UK.

Seagate Technology LLC is one of the industry partners involved. In 2010 they established ANSIN at Queen's, a new advanced materials R&D hub.

Students from the new centre will also spend time working alongside leading researchers at the University of Glasgow, including those in the University's James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, which is recognised as a state-of-the-art facility.

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