The Data Science building, is an addition to the Medicine School's Institute of Life Science 1 and 2 buildings. It opened in summer 2015 and brings two exciting Centres of Excellence together under one roof – the £9.3 million Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and the new £8 million Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales), enabling researchers to work together to unleash the potential of large scale data to conduct powerful new research.
The 2900sqm research facility is made possible by the funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government, will continue the innovative design and build processes utilised in ILS 1 & 2 and is certified BREEAM Excellent (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), adding to the University’s commitment to a sustainable estate.
The vision behind the Data Science building is to create a world-class centre in eHealth and administrative data research, training and development through powerful, robust, state of the art data linkage and analysis facilities. This preeminent interdisciplinary building will act as a hive of innovation, allowing researchers and staff from the NHS and industry to work together on cutting edge data science, whilst protecting privacy.
Public engagement will be a strong focus of the work to ensure that the benefits of this type of research are acceptable and visible. Collaboration will drive the production of novel informatics solutions to underpin the delivery of better and more targeted services and treatments for NHS patients, and wider public benefits.