Jacqueline de Rojas to co-chair new Institute of Coding

The tech pioneer has been appointed as the industry co-chair of the Governance Board for the newly established body

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK, has been appointed as the industry co-chair of the Governance Board for the newly established Institute of Coding (IoC), which brings together industry and academia in a co-ordinated effort to address the UK’s digital skills gap.  

A UK technology pioneer and business advisor, Jacqueline will bring to bear her considerable skills, expertise and profile to help the Institute of Coding reduce the UK’s digital skills shortage and attract more people from underrepresented groups into the digital and technology sectors.

Jacqueline de Rojas said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as co-chair of the Institute of Coding and look forward to working with industry and academia.

“I’m passionate about the digital and tech sectors and diversity and inclusion, and I see a great opportunity through the IoC to make a genuine difference in the UK.

“Operating at the interface between industry and educators sets the Institute apart and offers the chance to address the digital skills shortage in a ground-breaking, collaborative, way. Meeting that skills challenge is crucial to the UK’s future success.”

“Jacqueline has a fantastic track record leading and mentoring companies as they adopt technology that supports their aims.”

Jacqueline joins Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost at the University of Bath, as the co-chair of the Institute. In her role, she will set the standards for the institute, offer her insight and advice in its direction and champion the institute in the UK technology and digital sectors.

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The Institute of Coding was established in January with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and more than £20m of match funding from partners to ensure employers and learners across the UK can access the skills training they need to compete in the global digital economy.

Bringing together a consortium of 25 universities, national and international corporations, SMEs, industry groups, experts in non-traditional learning and professional bodies, the IoC will deliver a range of accredited courses that include top quality computer science teaching alongside the business skills, interpersonal skills and real-world experience required for success in the digital economy.

The Institute will work with outreach and community groups, schools and FE colleges to encourage a larger number of currently underrepresented groups into digital education, in particular seeking to increase the number of women working in the digital sector.

Director of the Institute of Coding, Dr Rachid Hourizi, said: “I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Jacqueline to the Institute of Coding as co-chair. Her appointment demonstrates the Institute’s commitment to bring industry and academia together to find solutions to the digital skills gap in a way that hasn’t been done before. She is both inspiring and influential in her commitment to promoting and enabling more diverse workforces and is, therefore, the perfect co-chair for this new Institute.

“Jacqueline’s skills, reputation and guidance will be invaluable to the Institute. She has a fantastic track record leading and mentoring companies as they adopt technology that supports their aims. We are delighted that Jacqueline will bring her considerable knowledge to the project and will ensure that engagement with industry is at the heart of what we do.”

Find out more about the Institute of Coding by visiting https://instituteofcoding.org/

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