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University wins £20million government funding to establish an Institute of Technology

A bid that includes University of Gloucestershire has won £21million of funding to become a Government-backed Institute of Technology.

The Prime Minister Theresa May and education secretary Damian Hinds announced today that 12 institutions have won the central funding.

The Department for Education has announced 12 winning bids for an Institute of Technology

Institutes of Technology form a key part of the Government's shake-up to technical education.

That includes introducing new T Levels from 2020 - the technical equivalent to A Levels - and more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.

The bid involving the University of Gloucestershire is in a partnership that also involves Swindon College and New College Swindon.

The facilities for the Institute will be in Swindon, although the University is the "anchor" higher education establishment working with the two colleges.

Announcing the successful bids the Prime Minister, Theresa May said: I firmly believe that education is key to opening up opportunity for everyone.

"But to give our young people the skills they need to succeed, we need an education and training system which is more flexible and diverse than it is currently.

"New technologies are transforming the world of work, and to harness the opportunities on offer we must equip our future workforce with the technical skills they need to thrive, and that the economy needs to grow.

"These new Institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people."

The 12 institutes will receive a combined £170million of Government funding so they can invest in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

They will provide a natural progression route for young people taking T Levels or A Levels enabling them to take the next step up to higher level technical education and training.

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, said the successful bid was "brilliant news" for students, businesses and the wider community.

He said: The University of Gloucestershire is delighted to be the anchor University for the Institute.

Working with our partners, we are committed to delivering a step-change in the availability of high quality professional and technical education in advanced manufacturing and engineering, life sciences, digital technologies and creative media.

"This will be great for businesses, meeting their needs for higher level skills to drive future innovation and productivity.

"The University of Gloucestershire recently announced a strategic investment in expanding the range of our engineering programmes.

"Today's announcement of the IoT means that, working with partners, we can greatly expand the availability of higher and degree apprenticeships and stand-alone degree programmes in STEM subjects to meet the needs of employers across Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire."

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