Saturday, May 1, 2010

Information Communication Technology in England's East Midlands

In England's East Midlands, the ICT sector is a key technology area that employs a workforce of 39,000, providing a firm foundation for setting up a successful ICT business in the region. Add this to the renowned expertise of the region's software developers and you have an attractive prospect for global companies.

At the cutting edge

The region excels in custom software for industrial applications, in particular: automotive industry design and production, manufacturing companies, business applications, Virtual Reality and Real Time applications, computer game design, systems level software and applications solutions software.

The East Midlands is also at the forefront in the development of digital technology, with games development businesses here generating 20% of the UK's total development product.

University expertise

The region's eight universities are particularly strong on ICT, with nearly 6,000 students currently studying Computer Science at East Midlands universities. The Informatics Institute also plays a role in facilitating collaborative research that brings together academics, industry and commerce.

Four Soft Ltd

Enterprise Solutions Company Four Soft Ltd has chosen Nottingham as the base for its European headquarters. The company, which develops innovative software products and provides IT consultancy services for the logistics and supply chain management marketplace, has software development centres in Australia, Denmark, India, Singapore, The Netherlands, the USA and England (Nottingham, Leeds & Liverpool).

Four Soft Ltd chose Nottingham as its base because of the city's strong pool of local talent, specialist courses at regional universities and excellent transport links including air, road and rail. The region is also considered to be a relaxed location which promotes creativity.

ICT Research and Development

Specialists in research and educationSpecialist schools within our universities offer excellent research facilities, resulting in close collaborations with industry, and high-quality teaching, leading to a consistently high level of skilled graduates.

University of Derby, School of Computing

The School works in close consultation with industry, particularly in the fields of artificial intelligence, network security, software engineering and strategic information systems.

University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science

An internationally established unit, the School pursues leading-edge research in areas such as automated scheduling and optimisation, mixed reality, foundations of programming and image processing. It has excellent links with industry leaders, and offers industrial placements to its students as part of their studies. The single honours Computer Science degree is accredited by the British Computer Society, an external recognition of teaching excellence and relevance to industry.

Nottingham Trent University, Computing and Technology

Highly relevant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have resulted in students securing high-quality industrial placements, and there are excellent levels of graduate employability. All of the programmes at Nottingham Trent are accredited by the British Computer Society.