A City Deal is a bespoke package of funding and decision making powers agreed between central government and local regions; aimed at helping to harness additional investment, create new jobs and accelerate inclusive economic growth.

Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are partners in the Deal, together with the six councils (Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council) the Further Education colleges across the Belfast Region and the Northern Ireland Civil Service to deliver a £850 million co-investment package for the city region.

What will BRCD deliver?

  • 22 integrated projects underpinned by investment in employability and skills
  • Delivering up to 20,000 new and better jobs Transforming our innovation and digital capabilities
  • Boosting tourism
  • Connecting people to opportunity and services Increasing GVA by £470 million per annum

Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University have collaborated extensively to develop proposals for centres of innovation excellence in key growth sectors in which world-leading expertise can be leveraged by businesses to create breakthrough technologies, products and services.

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