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Institute of Coding backed by £20m Government funding

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The Institute of Coding is a new UK project backed by £20m of government funding, 60 universities and industry bodies. 

The companies involved include Microsoft, IBM and Cisco as well as professional bodies such as the British Computer Society and CREST (Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats). 

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Led by Bath University, the aim of the project is to address the digital skills gap in the UK. Along with the £20m investment, an additional £20m will be matched by the industry which includes in-kind contributions in the form of training and equipment.

 Dr Rachid Hourizi, Institute Director said: 

“The strength of the Institute of Coding lies in the fact that it brings together educators, employers and outreach groups to co-develop digital skills education at undergraduate and masters level for learners in universities, at work and in previously under-supported groups across the country. In addition, we’ll work with our partners to target underrepresented talent through outreach activities, tailored and inclusive curricula, flexible delivery and removal of barriers to working in the industry.

According to the Department of Education, the Institute of Coding will focus on five core themes: 

- University learners (led by the Open University).
- Digitalising the professions (led by Coventry University).
- Widening participation (led by Queen Mary University of London).
- The digital workforce (led by Aston University).
- Knowledge sharing and sustainability (led by Bath University).

Sam Gyimah, Minister for Higher Education said:

“A world-class pipeline of digital skills is essential to the UK’s ability to shape our future. By working together, universities, employers and industry leaders can help graduates build the right skills, in fields from cybersecurity to artificial intelligence to industrial design.”

“The Institute of Coding will play a central role in this. Employers will have a tangible input to the curriculum, working hand-in-hand with universities to develop specialist skills in areas where they are needed most. As we have outlined in the Industrial Strategy, this is part of our ambition to embrace technological change and give us a more competitive edge in the future.”

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