Robotics, artificial intelligence and agricultural technology will all be at the heart of the new Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology.
The IoT partnership led by, York College, includes the University of Hull, York St John University, six FE Colleges and four employers, and hopes to nurture highly-skilled employees in STEM subjects.
Funding for the IoT – one of only 12 in the country – was secured last year, and is worth an estimated £10m to the Yorkshire and Humber region.
As one of the anchor higher education partners, the University will take a leading role in the applied research elements of the IoT. It will also support curriculum development, and college teaching staff through short courses and research masters.
In early February, partner organisations including the University of Hull met to discuss research opportunities surrounding the IoT.
Key topics included robotics, agricultural technology, and the use of data.
Professor John Murray, professor in robotics and autonomous systems, is the University of Hull’s project lead for the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology.
He said: “The Institute of Technology provides the opportunity to train a highly-skilled, enviable workforce for employers across the region.
“It has the potential to increase productivity, help employers find the right talent for their business, and attract further investment in the future.
“The University of Hull is delighted to be working with partner organisations to develop a curriculum and research opportunities which could prove transformational for the wider Yorkshire & Humber region.”