Centre to build on Higgs' Nobel legacy

The University has welcomed the award of a major investment from the Treasury to create a Higgs Centre for Innovation.

The Centre will provide a dedicated forum to link scientific and engineering expertise with industry leaders.

Linking science and business

The new facility will build on the legacy of the achievements of Professor Peter Higgs, who this year was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics for his contribution to the theoretical work which led to the prediction of the Higgs boson particle.

The Centre, which has received capital investment of £10.7 million, will create a world-leading facility for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through providing start-up business support and opportunities for new partnerships.

Centres of excellence

The facility will be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), on the Royal Observatory Edinburgh campus.

This announcement builds on the support already committed by the Scottish Government for a Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics based at the University of Edinburgh, announced in October.

This investment, along with the pledge of £100,000 from a highly valued supporter of the University, Professor Walter Nimmo, will help create a dedicated training environment for new generations of leading physicists.

This support from the Treasury and the STFC will create an environment in which future generations of scientists from around the world can share and develop ideas in theoretical physics.

Professor Peter Higgs

The Principal of the University said the support for two world-leading Centres will put the UK on the map as the focal point for training and research in the field of theoretical physics.

We very much welcome this strategic support. It provides an excellent opportunity to integrate technological developments, championed by world class researchers, with business incubation and positive economic impact. We look forward to working with all partners in this new forum for world quality research and discoveries.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University of Edinburgh