Welcome to the cyberQuarter

Welcome to the cyberQuarter, a new £18m cybersecurity research and development centre.

This initiative brings together students, academics and organisations to help solve global cyber security challenges. We aim to:

  • Increase technical problem solving for industry.
  • Increase industry-academia interaction and collaboration.
  • Increase access to cyber employment opportunities in the area.

With a world-wide shortage of cybersecurity skills, we will be offering businesses access to some amazing new talent, as well as giving real-world experience to our students. This is especially relevant if you are keen to recruit from our ethical hacking and cybersecurity graduates, our partner colleges and other upskilling/reskilling initiatives.


What is the cyberQuarter?

The cyberQuarter is the perfect platform for tech businesses to work together to solve existing and emerging problems, brilliantly supported by some of the best minds in Scottish universities. 

There are three main components: 

  1. A physical space for collaboration and experimentation using digital tools and technologies.
  2. A secure cloud-computing infrastructure enabling online teaching and learning, and a digital provision of R&D and knowledge-exchange activities.
  3. A Pump Priming Fund to help develop new cyber products, services and education programmes.


How can I/my business get involved?

We are looking for Founding Members. This is a special membership for companies who sign up before 31 March 2021

Prices start at £10k per annum. As well as working with our amazing students and academics, this includes co-working and collaboration spaces as well as representation on our industry steering group.  We want our partners and users to have a real say in how we operate and what we research in the future.

This is your chance to get in with the bricks, to connect with key stakeholders and to contribute to our thinking as we get underway.  If you need dedicated office space as part of your membership, we can create a bespoke package just for you.

To join this exciting new venture, get in touch with business@abertay.ac.uk.


When will it be launched?

We are refurbishing an existing building to create several floors with different spaces. We expect to start refurbishment work in Spring/Summer 2021, and be fully open for business by Summer 2022.


What will it look like?

There will be in a mix of shared and private workspaces within a physically and digitally secure setting, combined with amenities for meetings and events.  

This ranges from open plan, collaborative areas to private office accommodation for single occupancy, as well as seminar rooms for training and CPD delivery. 


Who can use the cyberQuarter?

  • Organisations who want to work with us on R&D projects
  • Businesses needing knowledge exchange activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships or contract research.
  • Large employers who need a touchdown spot for locally-based employees.
  • Satellite offices for companies of any size who need a Scottish or Tay Cities regional base.
  • Employers wanting to relocate to Dundee to take advantage of our tech ecosystem and ready supply of local talent.
  • Cyber security start-ups and scale-ups.


Join us and become part of the cyberQuarter community

The cyberQuarter is more than just a building, it’s a community of individuals and organisations who are trying to make the virtual world more secure.

With our know-how, creativity and innovation we will build fairness, inclusion and economic growth as we go. However large or small your organisation or requirements, come and discuss your needs with us - we really want this community to grow.


Contact us to find out more

To join our exciting new venture or find out more, get in touch with business@abertay.ac.uk.


More information

December 2020: Abertay University named UK Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

About the Division of Cyber Security

The Tay Cities Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross under the headings Inclusive Tay; Innovative Tay; International Tay; Connected Tay and An Empowered Tay.

In total, the 26 projects submitted require investment of £700 million of which £300 million over 10 years is being put in by the UK Government and Scottish Government, subject to final approval of robust business cases.

If every project and programme set out in the submission is funded and delivered, up to 6,000 job opportunities could be created across the tourism, food and drink, creative industries, eco innovation, digital, decommissioning, engineering, biomedical and health and care sectors.