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Newcastle named as a top UK smart city

Newcastle is the fastest growing region outside of London for digital and technology employment, according to the second UK Smart Cities Index.

Commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting, the report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.

Newcastle has been ranked in the 14th position across the UK, and is named one of 12 “contender” cities alongside: Manchester, Aberdeen, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Nottingham, Peterborough, Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Oxford. The overall leader in the report is Bristol, followed by London.

Newcastle’s smart city initiatives focus on identifying solutions for major challenges and boosting its aim to be a leading city for science and digital technology. Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council are together developing Science Central, a £350 million flagship project that brings together academia, the public sector, communities, business and the industry to a create a global centre for urban innovation.

Smart and socially inclusive initiatives

Newcastle City Futures (NCF) is at the forefront of progressing smart and socially inclusive initiatives across the city. Newcastle University led the establishment of NCF in 2014, as a collaborative platform to bring together Research and Development potential with long-term policy trends and business needs in the city. Over the years, NCF has scaled its activities to become one of five Urban Living Partnership (ULP) pilots funded with £1.2 million from Research Councils UK and Innovate UK.

In addition, Newcastle University continues to invest in new projects within Newcastle Science Central, where the Urban Sciences Building, the £58m home of the School of Computing.

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 23rd October 2017

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