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£35m new research campus for university
ABERYSTWYTH University has announced plans for a £35m investment in the development of a new UK innovation and research campus at Gogerddan, Penrhyncoch. The new campus will be known as the Aberystwyth Innovation and Diffusion Campus – AIDC.
The development is made possible by a £14.5m investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council announced by David Willetts MP, UK minister for universities and science, at the launch of the UK government’s Agricultural Technology Strategy.
Contributions from other stakeholders, including Aberystwyth University, are expected to bring the total investment in this project to over £35m.BBSRC will invest up to £14.5m to help establish the world-leading Aberystwyth Innovation and Diffusion Campus for food and renewable energy and will be a key partner in delivering this project.
Of the total amount invested, up to £2.5m is earmarked to develop the Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre near Aberystwyth (subject to the final lease being agreed with Welsh government), a unique facility which will concentrate on improving upland agriculture through research-based innovations, training and development.
The university says the new campus will bring great benefit to the economy and society by harnessing Aberystwyth’s unique natural resources of people and place, and its interdisciplinary capabilities.
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