Policy paper

Institutes of Technology competition

The government's plan to create new Institutes of Technology through a national competition.


Institutes of Technology prospectus


We’re creating a network of new Institutes of Technology (IoTs) across the country.

These will be high-quality, employer-led institutions specialising in providing higher level technical skills for employers.

You can get more information on the government’s plans for IoTs in the Institutes of Technology prospectus.

Update on IoT competition

We’re running a two-stage competition for employers, further education (FE) providers and higher education (HE) providers to develop collaborative proposals and bid for a share of a £170 million capital fund to establish new IoTs.

Stage 1 of the competition closed in March 2018 and we received 35 applications.

On 27 May 2018, we announced the names of the 16 lead applicants that were successful at stage 1.

These 16 applicants were invited to progress to stage 2, which will test their proposals in more detail.

On 25 July 2018, we sent the 16 applicants the interim guidance for stage 2 of the competition. On 1 October 2018 we released the final stage 2 guidance and expect to announce the outcome of the competition in March 2019.

Applicants invited to stage 2

The table below provides details of the 16 proposals invited to progress to stage 2, including the lead applicants and anchor partners involved in each collaboration and the specialisms that the proposed IoTs would cover.

We require each collaboration to have at least one anchor FE partner, one anchor HE partner and two anchor employer partners involved in the leadership and governance of the IoT as well as the design and provision. Proposals may have additional partners, however they are not listed here.

Lead applicant Other anchor partners Sector specialisms
Barking & Dagenham College Coventry University, Huawei, Saint Gobain Construction and Infrastructure, Advanced Engineering, Creative, Digital and IT
Dudley College of Technology University of Wolverhampton, Thomas Dudley Ltd, Fulcro COINS, The Dudley Group, NHS Foundation Trust Advanced Manufacturing, Modern Construction Methodologies, Medical Engineering
HCUC Brunel University, Heathrow, Fujitsu Engineering and Technology Sectors (digital, cyber security, IT)
Milton Keynes College Cranfield University, Microsoft Ltd, KPMG, Evidence Talks, McAfee, VWFS Cyber Security, Digital Sector, FinTech, IT
NCG Newcastle University, Accenture, port of Blyth, Sterling Pharma Solutions Ltd Advanced Manufacturing, Digital, Engineering and Transport, Energy, Health Sciences and Pharma
New College Durham Newcastle University, Nissan Motor Company Ltd, ESH Group Ltd Digital Advanced Manufacturing, Construction and the Built Environment
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Aston University, Gazeley, Holovis, East Midlands Airport Logistics, Transport, Digital, IT
Queen Mary University of London Newham College, Siemens, Port of London Authority, London and Regional Properties Transport, Engineering, Infrastructure, Energy, Digital
Solihull College & University Centre Aston University, Birmingham City University, Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, Salts Healthcare Manufacturing, Engineering
South Essex College of Further & Higher Education University of East Anglia, DP World London Gateway, Dubai Ports, Port of Tilbury, Forth Ports, Stobart Group Logistics, Transport, Construction
Swindon College New College Swindon, University of Gloucester, Nationwide, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Excalibur Communications Ltd, Bath ASU Advanced Engineering and High Value Manufacturing, Digital, IT and Creative Industries, Health and Life Sciences
University of Exeter University of Plymouth, Bridgwater & Taunton College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc, Truro & Penwith College, Babcock, Met Office, Oxygen House, TDK Lambda, Watson Marlow Digital, Engineering, Manufacturing
University of Lincoln Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, North Lindsey College, Siemens, Bakkavor Ltd Agri-Tech, Food Manufacturing, Engineering, Energy, Digital
Weston College of Further and Higher Education Bath College, Gloucester College, Yeovil College, University of the West of England, Bristol, Airbus, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, JISC, National Composites Centre, North Somerset Council, Mayden Academy, Renishaw, St Monica Trust, Tech Op Solutions Ltd, Weston Area Health NHS Trust Engineering (including Aviation), Hi-Tech Digital & Creative, Health & Social Care, High Value Manufacturing, Medical Technical
West Suffolk College Suffolk New College, University of East Anglia, University of Suffolk, British Telecom, CEFAS, Cranswick Plc, Lintott Control Systems Ltd, Treatt Plc, Vitec Group, Warren Services Agri-tech, Construction, Digital Sector, Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing
York College University of Hull, ENERGIE Fabricom, Skipton Building Society, Seachill Engineering/Manufacturing, Digital, Agri-tech
Published 30 November 2017
Last updated 2 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect that final stage 2 guidance was released on 1 October 2018.
  2. Updated to reflect that the final stage 2 guidance was published.
  3. Added further details for the 16 stage 2 applicants.
  4. Edited to make it clear that successful applicants were notified in May, and that this assessment process was completed before the launch of stage 2.
  5. Updated with information about the progress of the competition and the 16 proposals that were successful at stage 1 of the competition.
  6. First published.