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The Road to Success – The Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton Opens the New Access Road at Begbroke Science Park

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton hosted the opening of the new access road to Begbroke Science Park on the 18th of April. The event saw guests from the University, local officials, dignitaries and Oxfordshire businesses come to support this important milestone in the Park’s development. Professor Peter Dobson, Academic Director at Begbroke Science Park, said that “The road will enable some expansion of the academic and commercial research and development work on the site so that the University can continue to lead the way in novel innovation developments that are so vital for economic recovery in the UK.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton marked the opening of the road by being the first to drive down the new route in the Autonomous Bowler Wildcat, Professor Paul Newman’s robotic car. The autonomous vehicle has recently received plenty of coverage in national press as the research group announced their plans to ask the government to approve the use of the vehicle on the open road. The group were the first to escort the VC down the road, entirely hands free.

In his welcoming speech Professor Andrew Hamilton expressed his pleasure at the “major impact” that Begbroke Science Park has had “in the world of technology, innovation and engineering” in the last 10 years and highlighted its “enormous success at attracting high tech companies, as well as increasing occupancy and involvement by university researchers.” He hailed Begbroke Science Park as “one of the world’s leading science parks”, and likened the opening of the road with the symbolic way in which “companies beginning their road to success.”

Before the official drive in the autonomous vehicle, the Vice Chancellor rounded up his speech with an anecdote about the Vice Premier of China. Mr Wang visited Begbroke Science Park in September last year. One of the most powerful people of China, Mr Wang told the Vice Chancellor that “in China there would be a motorway to a science park like Begbroke,” to which the Vice Chancellor now could proudly reply “well, we don’t want a motorway, we want a subtly and carefully designed road and we now have that.”

Dr Caroline Livingstone, Manager of the Begbroke Science Park, said “the new road gives us direct access to the A44, between the Begbroke and Sandy Lane roundabouts, relieving Sandy Lane of our traffic both now and as activity expands in the future. We hope that this will be beneficial to the local community.”

The Begbroke Science Park is a University managed Science Park which conducts academic research, as well providing space for new high tech start up companies. For more information contact enquiries@begbroke.ox.ac.uk or www.begbroke.ox.ac.uk

Ben Roeves