PwC pens tech research deal with Queen's and Ulster University

PwC's headquarters at Belfast's Merchant Square.

SERVICES giant PwC has formally signed contracts with Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University in a move linked to a major expansion of the digital wing of its fast-growing Operate business.

PwC announced a £40 million investment in Belfast in June 2021 to create 771 jobs for its new advanced research and engineering centre in the city.

The services group last year officially relocated its Northern Ireland operation to the new Merchant Square headquarters in the centre of Belfast.

As part of the project, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University are developing joint research teams, creating an investment for the universities of £6.7m and an additional 38 roles.

Chris Nugent from Ulster University said the research partnership with PwC and QUB will deliver research-focussed solutions in artificial intelligence to solve complex business needs.

“Ulster University’s AI research centre will leverage its expertise within AI to develop innovative solutions,” he said.

“The move to our new campus in Belfast city centre will allow us to open a new dedicated research space for the ARC research team in addition to aligning with our new Centre for Digital Healthcare Technologies as part of the Belfast Region City Deal.”

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