About the IoC

The IoC is a unique collaboration of businesses, universities, professional bodies and outreach that has been made possible by £20m from the Office for Students and match funded through the consortium of partners.

Our mission

‘We exist to break down barriers to learning and employment. We believe learning should be a lifelong process and that everyone has a right to improve their skills. Our mission is to spread opportunity by offering access to education, providing what you need, when you need it, in a place you can reach.’


How we’ll deliver the mission

Together we will look to enhance the digital skills and employability of every IoC learner to help address the UK’s digital skills gap. Led by the University of Bath, the IoC will develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK. It will develop industry accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals and professions that are undergoing digital transformation. We will work to widen the participation of women, returners to work and hard to reach groups.

To achieve this, the IoC is centred around five core themes:


Theme One – University Learners led by the Open University

To boost graduate employability through stronger employer links and a new industry standard targeted at degree level qualifications. Increasing the number of university learners educated to level 6 and 7 through outreach to disadvantaged and under-represented groups. The Institute of Coding (IoC) will create new courses in key areas such as Data Science and Cyber Security, embedding innovative learning methods. Programmes will incorporate learning which solves real-world business problems and develops business, technical and interpersonal skills in equal measure.

Theme Two – Digital Workers led by Aston University

To develop specialist skills training in areas of strategic importance. Developing work based courses around the degree apprenticeship model that support industry who are looking to recruit and develop software employees. Providing responsive, industry relevant level 7 programmes for developers to improve skills and knowledge in emerging specialist topics. Sharing best practice with academic institutions to improve the learner experience of work based learning and the relevance to employers.

Theme Three – Digital Transformation led by Coventry University

To transform professions undergoing digital transformation. Creating a flexible, modular digital skills training framework that supports learners and industry responding to emerging digital opportunities. Providing retraining through online and face-to-face- learning options. Stimulating good practice sharing between industry and education training providers.

Theme Four – Widening Participation by Queen Mary University London

To boost equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers from early contact through to employment. Removing barriers in education to broaden reach, create new products and services that provide flexible opportunities for participation. A national focal point for educators and industry with expertise in widening participation, diversity and inclusion to share best practice and develop new joint initiatives. Achieve sustainable impact for women, young people, returners to work and local communities.

Theme Five – Sharing and Sustainability led by 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. This theme includes the management of the consortium and administration of the project.