Leaders go into forensic detail

Key figures in the multi-million pound Tay Cities Deal bid have visited the University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science to find out more about the proposed JustTech project.

As part of the bid’s drive to exploit the area’s strengths in digital innovation and to create, stimulate and protect jobs it is seeking investment to support a Forensic Science Catapult Centre and a new innovation cluster at the University.

Dundee currently leads the UK in Forensic Science research and has an opportunity through Tay Cities Deal support to rapidly step-change to global leadership. The project is led by Professor Dame Sue Black and Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Directors of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science.

The aim is for JustTech to drive unprecedented levels of industrial partnership, work with SMEs and start-ups to exploit new intellectual property and to enter new markets build a world-leading culture of Innovation Communication and Economy (ICE) at the University.

Professor Nic Daeid said, “This bid seeks to seed a new economic cluster for the region. With the support of the UK and Scottish Governments we have an opportunity to turn our world leading research into jobs locally and economic growth nationally. We are thrilled to have the support of the leading council politicians from across the region.”

Dundee’s council leader John Alexander visited the facility with Ian Campbell, leader of Perth and Kinross Council, and Bob Myles, leader of Angus Council, and his depute Angus Macmillan Douglas.

The Tay Cities Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross. It aims to attract planned investment of more than £1bn over 10 years through projects with the potential to deliver thousands of job opportunities across the region.

More information is available at www.taycities.co.uk

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