The Data Science Building Research Facility

The newly completed £8million Data Science building based at Singleton Park Campus is an addition to the Swansea University Medical School, was made possible by the funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government.

The six storey purpose-design building provides a state-of-the-art research environment for interdisciplinary innovation, allowing researchers and staff from a range of organisations to work together on cutting-edge data science and informatics while protecting privacy. The work within the building focuses strongly on public engagement to ensure that the benefits of this type of research are acceptable and visible.

With both physical and information (data) security at the forefront of its design, the Data Science building incorporates a highly secure server room which is used for the operation and management of critical information processing and storage infrastructure. This is complemented with a Secure Access Laboratory (‘Safe Haven’) which facilitates the safe, secure and monitored access to de-identified linked data by approved and accredited researchers. These facilities, connected by secure state of the art communications technology, allows the building to store information which is classified as ‘official/official sensitive’.

The building brought together 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, enabling researchers to work together to unleash the potential of large scale data to conduct powerful new research through its powerful, robust data linkage and analysis facilities, cutting edge technology and expert staff.

There are currently over 100 staff occupying the building. They include teams who are working on projects involving the SAIL Databank, commercial and outreach projects, the Health Informatics and Health Data Science teaching programmes, the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences (RIASS) and ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, as well as members of staff from the NHS and Welsh Government.

The collaboration will drive the production of novel informatics solutions to underpin the delivery of a better and more targeted service and treatments for NHS patients and wider public benefits.

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