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Swansea University Named as a Partner in £40m Institute of Coding Initiative

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Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, PM Theresa May outlined the government's plans to drive up digital skills to "equip people of all ages with the skills they need" through the launch of the Institute of Coding.

The consortium, made up of 60 partner universities, industry experts and businesses will benefit from £20 million of government investment, matched by a further £20 million from industry, including in-kind contributions such as training and equipment.

Professor Faron Moller, Director of the Foundation Degree in Computer Science at Swansea University added: "With its pan-Wales Technocamps programme, and its Foundation Degree in Computer Science providing essential CPD opportunities to full-time employees in the region, Swansea University has been a leading force in Wales in addressing the national skills shortage in the digital economy workforce".

The Institute of Coding is centred on five core themes: University learners (led by the Open University), The digital workforce (led by Aston University, Birmingham), Digitising the professions (led by Coventry University), Widening participation (led by Queen Mary University of London), Knowledge sharing and sustainability (led by the University of Bath).

Alongside professional bodies such as CREST and British Computer Society, businesses including Microsoft, JP Morgan, BAE Systems and Cisco will also be involved.

In the ever-expanding global digital economy, the consortium marks a positive step in the right direction for the UK economy in solidifying its position and a key source of future technical talent and thought-leadership.