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Driving forward technology innovation

(19 August 2019)

TechUP first residential weekend

The University has a great track record for working with high-tech industries – including those in our own home region.

Our world-class research and teaching is helping to boost the tech sector in North East England, which now employs 30,000 people and is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020.

We’ve written a blog about our contribution to this vibrant sector, which has now been published on the UK Government’s website.

A generation of computer scientists

At Durham, we’ve been teaching computer sciences for the last four decades.

We know that the next generation of students need to be able to tackle big tech developments such as artificial intelligence and data science.

Our new £40m state-of-the-art Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building will provide the space and facilities to meet these challenges.

It will house an enterprise hub to encourage student and industry collaboration, provide a place for networking and enterprise expertise.

Stars of the future

Our students and staff are making waves in the tech industry.

Masters student Ryan Jessop recently picked up two national awards for his data expertise.

He was named Best Future Innovator at the Knowledge Transfer Network Best of Best awards, following a successful research partnership with digital marketing company, Clicksco. Ryan now works with Clicksco from their office in Middlesbrough, North East England.

Ryan’s talents were also recognised at the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science awards where he was named Data Scientist of the Year.

Professor Sue Black recently joined our Computer Science department and is leading a new programme to increase the number of women working in tech. The programme, TechUP Women, is giving 100 women from the UK’s North and Midlands regions the opportunity to retrain for a tech career.

Alumni achievements

Our successful alumni are part of some brilliant tech companies in the North East of England.

Business School alumna Giselle Stewart OBE is Director of UK Corporate Affairs at gaming company, Ubisoft, based in the North East of England.

Alum Ed Twiddy is at the helm of Atom Bank, the UK’s first digital bank, as Chief Customer Officer. The bank’s headquarters is in the heart of Durham.

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