The DigiTech Centre will offer students the opportunity to study industry connected educational courses, in our new world-class specialist laboratories. Our students will have more project-based learning opportunities where they can practice learning by doing, interacting with businesses alongside their studies.
The DigiTech Centre is a collaboration between University of Suffolk and BT, with funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The centre is part of the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology (EAST) at the University of Suffolk and will be based at the heart of Adastral Park, one of Europe’s largest science and technology business parks.
Being part of a large technology community will offer our students many opportunities for collaboration and informal learning. In addition, students will have access to more social, entertainment and sports facilities.
The DigiTech Centre has several facilities which span both the Ipswich campus and the new base at BT’s Adastral Park site to the east of Ipswich. Adastral Park is home to BT’s Applied Innovation Labs, and an exciting cluster of over 100 other high-tech digital and technology companies based at Martlesham Heath.
The DigiTech Centre will give our students the opportunity to become part of the Adastral Park community. Adastral Park is one of Europe’s largest Science and Technology campuses. As a student you will study in modern facilities and have access to state of the art laboratories and equipment. Importantly, you will have an opportunity to do some of your course work with businesses as part of your study, benefit from the range of technology events and support programmes that run at Adastral Park. This will make your learning more industry relevant and will improve your opportunities to secure top jobs upon graduation.
The Park is home to BT's innovation labs and Innovation Martlesham (an established and growing cluster of over 100 high-tech ICT companies) as well as digital skills development initiatives such as the Tommy Flowers Network for doctoral and post-doctoral development.
Adastral Park is at the heart of the UK's digital ecosystem. It hosts a national operation centre, test facilities and a global R&D unit, all set amongst a thriving community of collaborative technological innovation. Around 3,000 BT employees, and around 1,000 employees from other companies are based at the Park. Each year there are around 60,000 visitors to Adastral Park, with around 1,100 of them being leaders from global business or government.
The DigiTech centre will enable the University of Suffolk to have an education centre at the heart of Adastral Park where students will become part of this thriving business and skills development community.
Further information about Adastral Park.
Initially, the University of Suffolk will offer the following courses which will have modules delivered at the DigiTech Centre:
- Degree Apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering) and BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (Network Engineering) will utilise the Adastral Park facilities at multiple times in the degree programme – many apprentices will be working for employers based at the Park.
- BSc (Hons) Network Engineering; BSc (Hons) Software Engineering will make use of the DigiTech Centre for modules shared with the apprentices and to access specialist laboratories for final-year projects.
- BSc (Hons) Cyber Security will heavily utilise the specialist Cyber Range and the Digital Forensics laboratories for their Level 6 modules and projects, and will have some other modules delivered in the DigiTech Centre.
- BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development; BSc (Hons) Computing will have occasional modules delivered at the DigiTech Centre and may be working on final-year projects with businesses based at Adastral Park.
- MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
- BSc (Hons) Data Science and Artificial Intelligence will have occasional modules delivered at the DigiTech Centre.
We expect students to be based at Adastral Park for full days. This could be either part time (~2 days a week) or on block. Students will not be expected to travel between sites on the same day.
There is a regular bus service (67 or H66) which travels between Ipswich Railway station and Adastral Park. See Suffolk on Board for a bus timetable.
There is ample, free parking on site at Adastral Park. All cars must be registered and display permit whilst parking on site. If using a sat nav, enter the postcode IP5 3RE and follow the signs for reception. There are multiple EV charging points on site. Information about parking permits will be issued to students during their Induction.
There are several cycle routes leading to Adastral Park, CycleStreets.net can provide detailed routes. There are covered cycle stores and showers.
The Park has a number of communal and shared facilities which are open to all Adastral Park residents, including University of Suffolk students.
Students will be issued with an access card for Adastral Park during their induction.
- The Hub – Canteen & coffee lounge, WHSmith, Unisex hair salon, cash machine.
- AtLAS - Adastral Park Leisure and Sports
- Bodytalk Gym
- BT Fleet Solutions workshop for car servicing and MOT.
- Library / study area.
- Woodland walk - 0.2-mile circular trail.
For full information visit the Adastral Park Amenities webpage