Chuka Umunna visits Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Future Space

Issue date: 12 August 2016

Chuka Umunna

Former Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna paid a visit to the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to learn about 'jobs of the future'.

The Labour MP toured the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and Future Space, a new innovation facility set within the £16m University Enterprise Zone at Frenchay campus.

He met UWE Bristol graduate Silas Adekunle, whose company Reach Robotics is creating innovative gaming robots. Reach Robotics was last week announced as the first occupier of Future Space, an incubation centre for high-tech start-ups and early-stage firms.

During his visit Chuka also met Professor Chris Melhuish, director of the BRL, and was guided around an assisted living studio and shown biofuel cells being developed in the laboratory.

He said: “It was great to see how academics, researchers and professionals are working alongside each other at Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

“Seeing this work first hand and the way it is helping start-ups illustrates how universities can support the regional and national economy, helping us understand how technology is changing our lives and addressing the challenges we face.”

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