Glasgow Uni launches Quantum centre, co-invests in $1m career fund

Share this on social media:

The University of Glasgow has launched the Centre for Quantum Technology, and has co-invested in a $1m quantum career fund with SPIE.

The new centre brings together physicists, engineers and computer scientists to tackle cutting-edge scientific and technological research and innovation in the area of quantum.

The centre has active engagements with over 50 industrial partners, thanks to its University of Glasgow roots, who collaborate with its researchers under a range of funding streams and mechanisms - spanning from industrially-led studentships, Innovate UK funded programmes, technology development strands under all four of the UK National Quantum Technology Hubs, contract research, consultancy and access to our state-of-the-art facilities.

The centre will be a key supplier of skilled personnel into industry who often recruit researchers and technologists through collaboration with our academic groups.

The centre was launched on 29 September at the SPIE Photonex conference an exhibition in Glasgow. 

SPIE and the University of Glasgow have also launched the Spie Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund in Quantum Photonics.

A $500,000 gift from the SPIE Endowment Matching Programme has been matched by an equal amount from the University of Glasgow.

This latest announcement builds upon the University critical mass of excellent research and innovation in quantum technology, supported by institutional strategic investments and an impressive external funding portfolio from UK and international sources.

The new fund in quantum photonics will support a diverse group of graduate students working in the field of quantum photonics and contribute to the development of the next generation of quantum technology researchers. The fund will create two new programmes:

  • SPIE Early Career Researcher in Quantum Photonics Scholarship
  • SPIE Global Early Career Research programme.

The SPIE Global Early Career Research programme, due to open for application in January, will support outgoing and incoming placements at and from the University as part of its ongoing collaboration with leading quantum-photonics research groups across the globe. It will be open to individuals conducting research in academic or industrial settings, adding a translational element to the scheme. Each year, the programme will pair several University of Glasgow early-career researchers with counterparts from outside laboratories and companies for six-month-long shared projects.

Figure 1: Light propagation inside a photonic crystal is forbidden by a propagation gap, hence common plane waves are reflected and hardly penetrate into the crystal. By shaping the incident waves, they can be steered deep into the crystal. (Image: COPS, University of Twente) 

24 September 2021

Light focussed by nano-antennas on a gold surface leaks out by generating propagating plasmons. Image credit: Urban Senica, ETH Zurich

12 August 2021