Case study

Staffordshire set to get smart through digital innovation partnership

23 Mar 2018

An emerging partnership between Staffordshire University and Staffordshire County Council is set to improve lives and productivity through cutting-edge technology.

The university is set create 6,500 apprenticeships over the next decade, embedding digital skills to support the needs of local business. Schools will benefit from the University’s Microsoft Digital Skills programme, which aims to improve the learning and knowledge of students and teachers alongside creating digital apprenticeships.

In addition, a Digital Innovation Hub will be created in Stafford – supporting businesses and public service organisations in improving efficiency and driving down costs. Through the partnership, the University will also look to support to develop innovative technology to support vulnerable families to interact better to avoid crisis and becoming reliant on public services.

Professor Leuan Ellis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Region) said: “Staffordshire University has an outstanding heritage in technology, being one of the first higher education institutions to offer computer science in the 1950s and leading the country in Computer Games and Esports today. As an anchor institution committed to improving people’s lives across the region and beyond, it is vital that we use our expertise as a connected, digitally leading University to bring new opportunities and a higher quality of life to people across Staffordshire.

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