2023 marked the fifth anniversary of the First Minister and Prime Minister visiting the University of Edinburgh to sign the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, and the halfway point of the Deal’s Data-Driven Innovation initiative. In the academic year 2022-23, the initiative enabled 35,000 course completions, representing 24% of the overall target. £127 million in research activity was secured, surpassing the planned £57 million by 125%. In entrepreneurship, 41 data-centric technology companies were supported, bringing the total number supported to date to 433. That is 329 companies ahead of plan. Read more.
The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative published its first annual review in December 2022, highlighting progress across a range of projects, from empowering students to become change agents to revolutionising cancer surgery with robotics. In the academic year 2021-22, £95.6m of DDI-related research income was awarded to the University of Edinburgh and 35 Start-ups were supported to either form a company or move beyond their current funding stage. As part of its remit to increase data skills, 19,556 students completed a DDI-related programme, course, MOOC or CPD. Read more.