Revealed: The 13 final runners in £120m Institutes of Technology competition

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The proposals in the running for the second wave of the government’s flagship Institutes of Technology have been revealed.

There are 13 bids going into the final stage for the £120 million of funding announced by education secretary Gavin Williamson at the Conservative Party conference two years ago. They will be whittled down to eight winners later this year.

Gavin Williamson

The first wave of 12 institutes were given the go-ahead in 2019.

This second wave, which opened for applications last October, is intended to help the network of institutes “achieve nationwide coverage across all regions”.

This pledge was later confirmed in the Skills for Jobs white paper, which promised to “expand our flagship Institutes of Technology programme to every part of the country by the end of this Parliament”.

Institutes of technology are collaborations between colleges and universities, intended to deliver higher technical training in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

In April 2019, the Department for Education announced it was looking into tendering for more institutes than the initial 12 after FE Week found there were none in the north-west and the east of England.

Bids in this second wave include proposals for IoTs led by the north-west-based Blackpool and The Fylde College, and by the University of Suffolk in the east.

The £120 million up for grabs will fund capital projects to create the institutes.

A total of 15 bids were received in stage 1 of the process. Of those, 13 applicants have been invited to progress to stage 2 which will “test the viability, feasibility and deliverability of proposals in more detail”.

 

Here is a list of the 13 bids, their lead sponsors, higher education partners, and sector specialisms:

Lead Applicant of IoT proposal
FE Core Partners
HE Core Partners
Sector Specialism
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Burnley College
Lancaster and Morecambe College
Nelson and Colne College
Preston’s College
Runshaw College
Edge Hill University
Lancaster University
University of Central Lancashire
Digital
Engineering
Health and Life Sciences
Manufacturing
Infrastructure (Built Environment, Energy and Transport)
Cheshire College South and West
Macclesfield College
Reaseheath College
Warrington and Vale Royal College
University of Chester
Agritech/Precision Agriculture
Digital
Engineering
Health and Life Sciences
Infrastructure (Built Environment, Energy and Transport)
Manufacturing
Chichester College Group
Crawley College
Brinsbury College
Haywards Heath College
North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT)
Worthing College
University of Brighton
University of Sussex
Construction
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Information & Communication Technologies
DN Colleges Group
Barnsley College
Doncaster College (DN Colleges Group)
Sheffield Hallam University
The University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre (AMRCTC)
Construction
Engineering and Manufacturing
Digital
Healthcare Sciences
Furness College
Furness College
Kendal College
Lakes College
University of Cumbria
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Health, Public Service and Care
Information and Communication Technology
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
Axia Solutions Ltd
Burton and South Derbyshire College
Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group
Keele University
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Information & Communication Technologies
Solent University
Brockenhurst College
Eastleigh College
Fareham College
Havant and South Downs College
Isle of Wight College
University of Portsmouth
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Information and Communication Technology
Science and Mathematics
South Essex College
Chelmsford College
East Sussex College
Harlow College
Mid Kent College
Plumpton College
Anglia Ruskin University
University of East Anglia
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Construction, Planning & the Built Environment
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Health, Public Service and Care
Information & Communication Technology
Retail and Commercial Enterprise
University of Derby
Derby College
Loughborough College
Loughborough University
Digital
Engineering
Infrastructure
Manufacturing
University of Hertfordshire
North Hertfordshire College
West Herts College
The Royal Veterinary College
Digital
Infrastructure (Built Environment)
Life Sciences
University of Leicester
Leicester College
SMB Group – Stephenson Melton Brooksby College
De Montfort University
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Information and Communication Technology
Science and Mathematics
University of Salford
Ada, the National College for Digital Skills
Bury College
Tameside College
Wigan and Leigh College
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Health, Public Service and Care
Information and Communication technology
University of Suffolk
East Coast College
The College of West Anglia
Norwich University of the Arts
Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care
Construction
Creative and Design
Digital
Engineering and Manufacturing
Health and Science
Transport and Logistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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