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AI campus and ‘learning theatre’ among Levelling Up Fund winners

Second funding round provides boosts for locations including Blackpool and Derby

A carbon-neutral artificial intelligence campus in Blackpool and a ‘learning theatre’ for university students in Derby are among the projects awarded funding in the second round of the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

A total of 111 projects were awarded a share of £2.1 billion in this round of the fund, which backs projects across the UK to ‘level up’ the country. The government’s 2022 Levelling Up white paper promised to increase public R&D investment outside the greater south-east region by at least 40 per cent by 2030.

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