The University of Wolverhampton Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security has scooped a key award at this year’s Innovation Awards 2022 in the category ‘Tech Innovation – Organisation Sector’. The Innovation Awards are designed to recognise, celebrate and reward the businesses, organisations and individuals who are dedicated to innovation and its growth.  


The Cyber Quarter team were awarded ‘Tech Innovation Champion – Organisation Sector’ in recognition of their innovative work as a result of constant business engagement activities as well as helping in the growth of the West Midlands Cyber Ecosystem for their work with the West Midlands Cyber Working Group and its annual Cyber Fringe Festivals. The award was received by University of Wolverhampton Director, Professor Prashant Pillai, Project Manager, Hugo Russell and Head of Operations, Tony Deslandes, on Friday 16 September at the Innovations Awards dinner held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. 

Professor Pillai, Director at the University’s Centre, said: “It was an honour to receive the award on behalf of the cyber team. This has been only possible because of our great team members who have not only brought creativity, hard work, dedication and a passion for cyber, but also a caring culture to support each other and the businesses we are working with.” 

University Project Manager, Hugo Russell, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by our peers and colleagues for our work over the past few years and to receive validation of the cyber community in the West Midlands.  

“I believe it is a reflection of our sustained work within the business community, our great facilitation and our fantastic team, who all have a great attitude and aptitude for their work to strengthen the cyber community and business resilience. We have been able to quickly make things happen within challenging times, and I know myself and the Cyber Quarter team look forward to continuing the great work to drive innovation through building trust and creating a community that is both collaborative and competitive.” 

The Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Herefordshire Council and is part-funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The Cyber Quarter’s vision is to be a single hub for supporting and accelerating cybersecurity innovation and for supporting industry by providing tailored security testing, training and Research & Development.