Swindon College’s Institute of Technology bid still safe

Swindon College eased concerns that a sharp drop in its Ofsted rating could cause issues with a bid for funding to build a multi-million pound Institute of Technology on-campus.

Based on North Star Avenue, the proposals are backed by some of Swindon’s biggest employers, including Nationwide, BMW Group, Excalibur Communications and Recycling Technologies. Between them, the firms will contribute £1m to the project.

If successful, the new institute of technology, which would be backed by Oxford Brookes University and Cirencester College, would offer high-level technical qualifications in advanced manufacturing and engineering, life sciences, digital sciences and creative media. The Department for Education did not wish to comment on the bid’s status. The colleges expect to hear by March whether or not they have been awarded the funding.

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