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Dstl sets up unit in National Innovation Centre for Data


Mark Say Managing Editor


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is creating a new unit based at the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) in Newcastle.

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It said that 15 new staff will be recruited to work at the unit which is due to open in late 2021.

The move will enable Dstl to access NICD’s ecosystem of non-traditional SME suppliers to help solve defence and security data challenges. It should help the organisation – an agency of the Ministry of Defence – to increase its capacity in AI and data science.

NICD, funded by the government and Newcastle University, was set up to address a shortage of data analytics skills in the UK and helps companies and organisations to exploit data.

Paul Kealey, the Dstl division head responsible for the new team, commented: “This is a really exciting opportunity to leverage innovation, create jobs and business opportunities, and contribute to the government’s ‘levelling up’ ambitions. It will support the UK to achieve its vision as a great science power by tapping into the diverse pool of regional talent and highly skilled businesses.”

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