Harnessing aspects of quantum physics, the UK is set to take a quantum leap and revolutionise markets in communications, computing, navigation, sensing and imaging.

These technologies are the focus of $4 billion worth of  strategic investment by leading economies, including £350 million by the UK government, mostly in Scotland.

Why Glasgow?

Uniquely placed to lead further development of quantum technologies, the expertise of the universities and industry partners has positioned Glasgow as an internationally recognised innovation hub in this field.

The region is a significant contributor to the UK quantum technologies programme, as it looks to become the centre for a new quantum technology supply chain.

 

The University of Glasgow leads Quant IC – one of the UK’s four Quantum Technology Hubs in quantum-enhanced imaging – which aims to translate quantum imaging science to the marketplace. With a £3 million innovation space to support academic and industrial collaborations, the centre has engaged with 100 companies, 35 of them Scotland-based. QuantIC has a £30+ million grant portfolio, and has secured almost £30m in new funding and support from research grants as well as industry.

The university’s James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) is the source of many micro- and nano-fabricated components in use throughout the UK quantum technology programme, and is a cornerstone of the national capability in this area. JWNC supports a £60 million portfolio of research grants, and engages with over 200 companies worldwide.

The University of Glasgow is working in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise to establish the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus (CWIC) which will see the expansion of the JWNC and the establishment of a unique innovation ecosystem for developing enabling technologies. This will include co-location laboratories and office space for industry as well as a portfolio of business engagement and support projects targeted at stimulating entrepreneurship, increasing R&D and accelerating innovation.

A Quantum Innovation Agency is also being developed in Glasgow. Led by M Squared Lasers, Optocap, Kelvin Nanotechnology and Compound Semiconductor Technologies with support from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, it will help facilitate new and existing companies to build practical and reliable quantum systems and promote adoption to a wider audience.

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