Twelve Institutes of Technology, Backed by £170 million of Government Funding, will be set up across the country to boost young people’s skills and set them on a clear path to a high skilled, high wage career, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced today (10 April 2019).

The government's plan to create new Institutes of Technology through a national competition, including a list of successful applicants and the next steps.


Institutes of Technology prospectus

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The Institutes of Technology prospectus provides more information about IoTs and their role in technical further education (FE).

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

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

Outcome of the IoT competition

On 10 April 2019, the government announced that 12 IoTs will be set up across the country.

The lead applicants for the 12 successful IoTs are:

  • Barking & Dagenham College
  • Dudley College of Technology
  • HCUC
  • Milton Keynes College
  • New College Durham
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Solihull College & University Centre
  • Swindon College
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Lincoln
  • Weston College of Further and Higher Education
  • York College

IoT competition process

In December 2017, we launched a 2-stage competition for employers, FE providers and universities to develop collaborative proposals and bid for a share of a £170m capital fund to establish new IoTs.

Stage 1

35 applicants submitted proposals at stage 1 in March 2018.In May 2018, 16 applicants were shortlisted to proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the competition launched in August 2018.15 applicants submitted proposals at stage 2 in November 2018

Next steps

Successful applicants will work with the Department for Education to agree the detail of their licence agreements and capital funding agreements.

Following this, IoTs can start to develop the buildings and facilities they need.

The first IoTs are expected to open from September 2019.

Published 30 November 2017
Last updated 10 April 2019 + show all updates


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  1. Added the outcome of the IoT competition, a list of successful applicants and information about the next steps.
  2. Updated to reflect that final stage 2 guidance was released on 1 October 2018.
  3. Updated to reflect that the final stage 2 guidance was published.
  4. Added further details for the 16 stage 2 applicants.
  5. 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.
  6. Updated with information about the progress of the competition and the 16 proposals that were successful at stage 1 of the competition.
  7. First published.

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