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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

Institute of Coding

The TechUp programme takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England, particularly from underrepresented communities, with degrees or experience in any subject area, retrains them in technology and then gives them the opportunity to interview with a company for an internship/apprenticeship/job. The retraining programme, developed by the Partner Universities in conjunction with the Industrial Partners, will have modules at level 6/7 and includes:

  • Technology: coding, data science, cyber security, machine learning, agile project management.
  • Workplace readiness skills: public speaking, clear communication, working as a team.

For Participants, there are four key aspects to the programme:

  1. 4 residential weekends hosted by the 4 Partner Universities with training and bringing together Participants, with the academic and industrial organisations.
  2. Continuous access online training to complement and enhance the residentials.
  3. At the end of the programme successful participants receive a certificate and an interview with a Partner company.
  4. To assist with the sustainability of the programme in future years, successful Participants will be encouraged to become ambassadors for the IoC-TechUp programme.

The Program is now running and the first residential weekend took place in July with the next one in September at Edge Hill University folllowed by York (November) and Nottingham (January 2020).

The Partner Universities:

Durham University


Nottingham University

York University

Our industrial Partners:

We have over 15 Industrial Partners who have assisted with support, course content, mentoring and potential interviews for tech positions in their organisations. a complete list of partners can be found here:

If this looks like the sort of thing that could launch your career in the Tech Industry email us on or call 0191 334 2492.