Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is an initiative to establish an institute to serve as a national focus for improving digital skills provision at Levels 6 and 7.

Improving digital skills

In autumn 2015 the Government announced a new £20 million Institute for Coding Fund aimed at improving higher-level digital skills. The Government asked HEFCE to manage the fund and allocate the funding via a competition.

In January 2018, HEFCE awarded £20 million to a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts including IBM, Cisco, BT and Microsoft, the British Computer Society and CREST. The consortium will work to establish a new Institute of Coding (IoC) which will train the next generation of digital specialists at Levels 6 and 7.

Read the Department for Education’s press release

The universities involved include sector leaders in business and computer science, such as UCL and Newcastle University, plus experts in arts and design such as the University of the Arts. The consortium also includes universities who are specialists in widening participation and outreach, for example the Open University and Birkbeck College. The Institute of Coding will be led by the University of Bath.


The consortium will operate across five themes as shown in the following table.

Theme Theme lead Objectives
University learners Open University To boost graduate employability through a new industry standard targeted at degree level qualifications. IoC programmes will incorporate learning which solves real-world business problems and develops business, technical and interpersonal skills in equal measure.
The digital workforce Aston University To develop specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance.
Digitalising the professions Coventry University To transform professions undergoing digital transformation (e.g. helping learners retrain via new digital training programmes provided through online and face-to-face learning)

Widening participation

Queen Mary University London To boost equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers (e.g. tailored workshops, bootcamps, innovative learning facilities and other outreach activities)
Knowledge sharing and sustainability University of Bath To share outcomes and good practice, ensuring long-term sustainability of the IoC. This will include building up an evidence base of research, analysis and intelligence to anticipate future skills gaps.


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