Vision for the future
The Digital Society Institute's vision is to drive business growth and innovation, helping organisations understand and adopt advanced data and new digital technologies.
With academic expertise to develop research partnerships, support programmes and talented students and graduates on hand, the Institute is specifically designed to support businesses. It will provide growth through responsible data analytics, including ethical and legal insights to guide the use of new technologies. During this period of rapid digital change, this facility will enable businesses to keep pace with fast changing technologies.
Launching in 2022 the facility will provide circa 2,696sqm of BREEAM excellent innovation space, featuring a Data Visualisation Suite, office space and hi-tech meeting and collaboration space. Through the University's commitment to the region in its Keele Deal Recovery, the facility will support over 400 SMEs over an 18 month period. The new institute will provide an environment for Keele's world-leading research to interact with local communities – sharing our research expertise with relevant industries including health, business, energy and computing.
The vision is for local businesses and purpose-led national and international organisations to understand and make use of advanced data analytics to drive productivity, growth and improve social outcomes. It will provide space for businesses to occupy as tenants through an innovation hub to enable organisations to benefit from the University’s expertise, facilities and graduate talent in advanced data science and analytics.
IC7 will be powered by the University's onsite Low Carbon Energy Generation Park - a project that once complete will generate up to 50% of the University's campus electricity requirements from renewable sources.
The Design and Build of Innovation Centre 7/ Digital Society Institute is part funded through a suite of funders including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, the Research England Development Fund, and UK Government funding through the Getting Building Fund.
Tenancy in Innovation Centre 7
The Innovation Centre 7 building provides an additional 1,200 m2 (13,000 ft2) of flexible lettable space for businesses. Enquiries are now open, we encourage businesses who are utilising digital technologies.
University Enterprise Zone
The facility will be the latest building within the Keele Growth Corridor University Enterprise Zone incorporating Keele’s Science and Innovation Park - one of the longest established in the UK, which currently provides over 150,000 ft2 of commercial workspace across six existing innovation centres home to over 600 employees across 50 diverse and thriving businesses.