</The IoC Mission>

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

/Who are we?

We’re a growing family of 33 universities and over 100 employers across England and Wales – from Newcastle and Sunderland in the North East, through Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London, to Exeter in the South West.

As an initiative funded by the Department for Education via the Office for Students, we work with different areas of the government including:

  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • The Office for AI

To reach more learners, we listen to outreach organisations on our Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. To understand what businesses need, we rely on leading advice from organisations like techUK on our Industry Advisory Board.

Together, we’re creating a change in the way we equip people with digital skills. Talk to us to discover how you can help us achieve our mission.

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</From the news room>

/How I got here – Matt Hardwick, co-founder of London Gaymers

Published on 12 December 2019

As part of our CTRL Your Future campaign, we collaborated with Matt Hardwick to create a short film exploring the barriers young people face when […]

/How I got here – Jay Ann Lopez, founder of Black Girl Gamers

Published on 9 December 2019

Our CTRL Your Future campaign has seen us partner with an exciting cross-section of trailblazers from industries such as fashion, design, activism and beyond. One […]

/How I got here – Frankie Ward, esports host

Published on 5 December 2019

Our CTRL Your Future campaign has seen us partner with an exciting cross-section of trailblazers from across industries such as fashion, design, activism and beyond. […]

</IoC Events>

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/Practical Applications of Emerging Technologies

3 February 2020

Urban Sciences Building

There are many technologies out there, which means businesses often struggle to identify the most suitable technology for their business needs. This session is an […]

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/ManMetHacks 2.0

25 January 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University

ManMetHacks 2.0 is a Manchester based 24 hour hackathon run out of Manchester Metropolitan University by the hellohackers society. 120 student hackers from all over […]

Event Details
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</The Observatory>

A forward-looking research community developing an outstanding evidence base of knowledge and best practice for digital skills needs and training.

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Leading academics, senior industry representatives and diversity experts help us make our projects possible and spend our funds effectively.

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</Keep in touch>