History & Legacy

Women in Computing

Pioneers of Computing teaching in the UK

In the 1960’s, the Beaconside campus were the pioneers of Computing teaching in the UK. The campus has an impressive track record as one of the first institutions to offer computing degrees which resulted in national recognition for our leadership in the field of Computing Science and Technology in the UK. This success triggered major investment by the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

A natural focus for
the integration of

computing activity

The iconic Octagon, which is situated at our Beaconside campus in Stafford, was part of an £11 million new building program aimed at meeting the demands for skilled labour and to strengthen the collaborations with industry. When the Octagon opened in 1992 it provided a natural integration of computing activity, applied to Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information systems and Computer Aided Design. The four-story building was designed around a central computer terminal concourse, with laboratory and library facilities on the first floor, computer service offices and workshops on level two and lecture theatres, staff and teaching rooms on levels three and four. The campus also welcomed Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 to open its TV centre which demonstrated its growing strength in the digital and media technology.