The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is creating a new unit based at the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) in Newcastle.
TheNICDseeks to address the shortage of data analytics skills in theUKand helps companies and organisations to exploit data.Dstlwill be able to accessNICD’s ecosystem of non-traditional small and medium-sized enterprise suppliers to help solve defence and security data challenges.
"This is a really exciting opportunity to leverage innovation, create jobs and business opportunities, and contribute to the government’s ‘levelling up’ ambitions," said Paul Kealey, theDstlDivision Head responsible for the new team. "It will support theUKto achieve its vision as a great science power by tapping in to the diverse pool of regional talent and highly skilled businesses."
A member of Dstl’s Executive team, Kealey leads a team which maintains and develops a range of capabilities needed to support Defence in data, cyber, C4ISR and space related areas, both now and in the future. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Birmingham.
The establishment of the team in Newcastle will provideDstlwith greater resilience, capacity and diversity in artificial intelligence and data science, which is a critical area for theUKand in increasing demand. The move demonstratesDstl’s commitment to supporting the levelling up agenda and increase collaboration with universities and non-traditionalSMEsuppliers.
TheNICDis supported by Newcastle University which, along with other regional universities, offers a diverse pool supply of suitably qualified potential staff.
James is the Editor of GovX Digital, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.