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Chancellor releases Treasury funding for Edinburgh Higgs Centre

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December 6 2013

Chancellor releases Treasury funding for Edinburgh Higgs Centre
Chancellor George Osborne has given the government backing to an £11m space technology centre at Edinburgh University, named in honour of Nobel Prize winning physicist Peter Higgs.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation will be built within the existing UK Astronomy Technology Centre at the Royal Observatory and will focus on ‘big data’ computer intensive processes in astronomy and particle physics research, as well as providing a home for small business.

This will provide a unique environment for students from around the world, together with academics, researchers and industry, to develop new mathematical and computational techniques when it opensits doors in 2016 .

Prof Higgs said: "This support from the Treasury and the STFC will create an environment in which future generations of scientists from around the world can share and develop ideas in theoretical physics."

Edinburgh University is keeping the identity of the architects under wraps for the time being.

The Centre will be built at STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre
The Centre will be built at STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre

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