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 the delivery of the higher level technical skills that employers need.

More information on the government’s plans for IoTs, why we need them and what they’ll do can be found 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. We expect to publish the final stage 2 guidance in September 2018.

Applicants invited to stage 2

The lead applicants that were successful at stage 1, and were invited to stage 2, are:

  • Barking & Dagenham College
  • Dudley College of Technology
  • HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)
  • Milton Keynes College
  • NCG
  • New College Durham
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Solihull College & University Centre
  • South Essex College of Further & Higher Education
  • Swindon College
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Lincoln
  • Weston College of Further and Higher Education
  • West Suffolk College
  • York College

We expect to announce the outcome of stage 2 in March 2019.

Published 30 November 2017
Last updated 1 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Updated with information about the progress of the competition and the 16 proposals that were successful at stage 1 of the competition.
  3. First published.