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University of Salford becomes “pivotal” member of digital consortium

The University of Salford has joined a North West consortium aiming to address the region’s digital skills gap.

The University of Salford Business School said it would play a “pivotal role” in the Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI) consortium.

Supported by the £100m Government Innovation Accelerator funding, the group is made up of academic institutions including Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, Lancaster University, the University of Manchester, GM Colleges and private sector partners.

Their goal, is to “mould the North West into a digital paragon within the UK.”

“Our role within the Consortium underscores Salford Business School’s commitment to technological excellence and inclusivity in the North West,” explained Professor Janice Allan, Dean of Salford Business School.

“As the digital landscape swiftly evolves, embedding digital proficiency into our educational framework is crucial. At Salford Business School, we’re leading the charge, equipping our graduates for the ever-changing demands of the digital age.” 

The CDI aims to establish a “transformative supercluster” of digital innovation, aimed primarily at SMEs. It plans to offer resources including expertise, research and facilities to help create novel products, foster innovative technologies and establish efficient supply chains. 

There will also be an added focus on staff training, which is where Salford fits in, as the Business School will lead on the online digital skills platform.

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