University of St Andrews hails £1m boost to develop test space, helping SMEs

The University of St Andrews has been awarded just over £1 million to develop a “world-class” test space that it says will enable academics, technicians and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to work together at its Eden Campus site.

The university has been awarded £1.128 million. Picture: Jane Barlow.
The university has been awarded £1.128 million. Picture: Jane Barlow.

The Scottish Government-supported funding was secured through the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) and announced by economy secretary Fiona Hyslop. The AMCF is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The total investment is £15.8m across 12 projects, with £8.3m from the European Regional Development Fund, £590,000 from the Scottish Government, and the remainder in match funding from the chosen projects.

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Derek Watson called the investment 'a welcome vote of confidence in our operations at Eden Campus'. Pictured: contributed.
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The university said the project at Eden Campus in Guardbridge near St Andrews will enhance innovation in companies working in energy storage and conversion, by providing scale-up facilities for moving research and development into early prototyping and proving technology before moving to large-scale manufacture.

St Andrews chief operating officer Derek Watson said: “This investment is a welcome vote of confidence in our operations at Eden Campus. Supporting entrepreneurship is at the heart of the University strategy and the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund provides us with a significant step change opportunity to target SMEs.

“The manufacture, test and development space will be open to all companies, large and small, with a recognition of the nurturing and networking obligations among the wider network of larger companies in our support of SMEs.”

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