School of Informatics

Principal's Forum Funding Announcement

Principal Timothy O’Shea announced a £3 million contribution at the Chancellor’s Dinner hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh

The Wolfson Foundation has pledged £2million towards a Wolfson Centre for Informatics and the Life Sciences to be built within the Informatics Forum - a new facility at the heart of the University’s main campus in Edinburgh’s city centre. The Foundation's award coincides with a separate pledge of £1million over a period of six years from the Edinburgh-based chip developer, Wolfson Microelectronics, towards doctoral research fellowships in informatics and microelectronics. The company began as a University of Edinburgh spin-out.

The Informatics Forum will bring together the University’s researchers in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science in a landmark 12,000 square metre building at the centre of the University's main campus.

The partnership between the Wolfson Foundation and the University has evolved and strengthened over more than four decades and, during that time, the Foundation has funded medical projects that save lives and enhance scientific research. A Wolfson Foundation grant in 1968 funded the Wolfson Microelectronics Liaison Unit. That Unit was renamed the Wolfson Microelectronics Institute in the early 1980s, and spun out of the University to form a private company in 1984. Wolfson Microelectronics successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 2003. Wolfson Microelectronics Logo.

The School of Informatics is one of the best in Europe

The School of Informatics is one of the best in Europe and ranks with such world leaders as MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University. Edinburgh’s Informatics research achieved the highest rating possible in the last Research Assessment Exercise and the School is the largest computing department of its kind in the UK.

The Wolfson Foundation is a charitable foundation set up in 1955 whose aims were stated by the Founder Trustees to be the advancement of science and medicine, health, education, the arts and humanities. These remain the aims of the Trustees today.

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is an award winning, semiconductor company based in Edinburgh. Wolfson develops and markets high performance mixed signal semiconductors for multimedia and communications applications worldwide. The company has sales offices in the US, Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea.