The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has launched a new data science campus in Newport to develop world-leading expertise to help policymakers, researchers, and businesses.
It will deliver five research programmes under the themes of urban future, society, sustainability, evolving economy and the UK in a global context. It will also offer funding opportunities for PhD candidates and deliver joint projects with partners in the UK and abroad.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns and Minister for Skills and Science Julie James attended the launch last Monday (27 March) at the ONS, one of the biggest employers in Wales.
Plans for the campus began following an independent review published in March 2016 that recommended the ONS set up a dedicated data hub that could use the public sector’s trove of administrative data to improve economic statistics.