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Birkbeck and the Institute of Coding

Birkbeck is excited to be a member of the Institute of Coding (IoC), which is a newly founded, national initiative established to address digital skill needs in industry sectors in key areas including data analytics, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and coding. The IoC is made up of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), large corporates, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), established industry groups, and experts in the delivery of distance/non-traditional learning.

Our vision is to develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused computing education across the UK, enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner, and ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This unique and innovative collaboration has been made possible with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and match funding from universities and industry partners.

Birkbeck's contribution to the Institute of Coding

Birkbeck is London's main specialist provider of graduate and postgraduate education for students who are working while they are learning. Birkbeck provides both full-time and part-time evening programmes. The computer science department at Birkbeck is committed to delivering IoC courses and training to suit everyone regardless of academic or vocational background. This means that you can work, volunteer, or meet family commitments, whilst studying. Part of our commitment to the IoC will be to provide support and guidance to help all students thrive both during, and after their studies, through our links with industry partners.

The IoC aims to establish itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of digital skills. Together we will be developing innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK, through accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals in a wide range of sectors and academic disciplines, as well as working to widen the participation of under represented groups including women, returners to work, unemployed young people, and hard to reach groups.

Our joint priorities include:

  • Improving outreach to disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including women, returners to work, and disadvantaged young people.

  • Developing new courses in key areas such as Data Science and Cyber Security.

  • Increasing the number of university learners educated to BSc and MSc level.

  • Enhancing graduate employability through stronger links between Higher Education and employers.

  • Working with employers, schools and other stakeholders to create a diverse pool of talent through tailored workshops, bootcamps, hackathons and other outreach activities.