Open University lead partner in Institute of Coding

The Open University is a lead partner in the Institute of Coding (IoC), a new national initiative that brings together a range of universities with industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK's digital skill gaps. Led by the University of Bath, the Institute's vision is to enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner, to ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy.

The Open University will lead the theme of work relating to University Learners, working to transform graduate employability through a new standard, co-designed with industry, for accreditation of IoC programmes. This work will build on our experience with distance education and people studying while in work. We will also contribute to the development a range of short taster courses to provide relevant and timely enhancements to digital skills. The Open University will also investigate innovative ways of recording people's learning achievements on an educational blockchain, which will allow people to take their progress from one employer and education provider to another.

Professor Arosha Bandara, head of the School of Computing and Communications at The Open University, said "We are very excited to be a leading partner of the Institute of Coding, which provides a unique opportunity to enhance the way we teach a range of digital skills, from programming and networking to cyber security and data science. We look forward to working with partners in academia and industry to deliver on the vision of the IoC."

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.

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