10 Jan

New Institute of Technology

Architectural impression of the new Institute of Technology building

New Institute of Technology will lead the UK’s digital and green revolution.

The Government has given the green light for a new £13m East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT).

In a collaboration between The University of Derby, Loughborough College, Loughborough University and the Derby College Group (DCG) to lead the digital revolution – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

Led by the East Midlands IoT Creating a highly advanced workforce to levelling up critical engineering, manufacturing and digital skills needed by employers.  Addressing  grand engineering challenges of clean growth, by embracing the advanced skills required for AI and a data-driven economy.

On a journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Its pioneering graduates will be part of a net zero carbon workforce needed to lead the UK’s green and digital revolution and support the UK’s post-pandemic recovery.

Specialising in programmes such as Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies; Information and Communication Technology; Science, Mathematics and Construction, Planning and the built environment. The IoT is based in the heart of the East Midlands,.

To ensure programmes level up the workforce with the right skills. The IoT will be working closely with global powerhouse employers, including Rolls-Royce, Toyota, National Grid ESO, Alstom, Fujitsu, Uniper and Bloc Digital.

Students will have access to a new IoT centre in Loughborough, as well as partner sites, including world-class training environments in Derby at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre and DCG’s Roundhouse technical and professional skills college.

Professor Rachel Thomson FREng, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching at Loughborough University, said:

“We are truly delighted that our bid has been successful and look forward to continuing to work with our Further and Higher Education and employer partners to deliver an outstanding Institute of Technology.

“This will provide much-needed digital and engineering skills for industry and business across the region, supporting our local community to access the right training and skills development at the point of need.”

Speaking about the announcement, Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said:

“We are delighted that our application for an Institute of Technology in the heart of the region has been selected.

“Through our strong industry links, business experience and experience offering placements and apprenticeships in the engineering and technology sector, we understand the importance of ensuring graduates are ready to meet the region’s skills needs.

“As an applied university, with specialisms in areas such as data science, advanced manufacturing, architectural technology and low carbon business support, we are well equipped to help deliver the Institute alongside our further and higher education partners from Derby and Loughborough, and within industry.”

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