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Back new scientific and technical institutions

Last updated: 10:32am 10 January 2019

Our institutions of education, old and new, will be critical to spreading success. It is why we will back new scientific and technical institutions.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.25

Our verdict

The manifesto outlined a commitment to narrowing “the gap between the capital and other cities in the UK”. The government sees education and the development of quality educational institutions as “critical to spreading success” more broadly across Britain, and “new scientific and technical institutions” are part of that plan.

This policy is part of a manifesto commitment to reform “the funding, institutional and qualifications frameworks for technical education”. The strategy was outlined in the policy paper Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future, published in 2017. One part of the process is to “establish new institutes of technology…in every major city in England”, which will specialise in technical disciplines, particularly STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The government has set in motion the process of establishing the new institutes of technology. Stage one of the competition for funding to open an institute is complete and 16 potential providers have been invited to progress to stage two. According to the government’s timetable, the new institutes will open in 2019.

The provision of funding for new institutes of technology is clearly backing “new scientific and technical institutions”, but as the funding competition is ongoing and no money has yet been provided, for now we’re marking this as ‘in progress’. Once funding is allocated, we’ll move it to ‘done’. Follow this policy for updates.

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