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History & Legacy

Pioneers of Computing Teaching in the UK 

In the 1960’s, Staffordshire University was a pioneer of Computing teaching in the UK. The campus has an impressive track record as one of the first institutions to offer computing degrees, resulting in national recognition for leadership in the field of Computing Science and Technology in the UK. This success triggered major investment by the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council. The Digital Media Lab located in the main building was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.

A Natural Focus for the Integration of Computing Activity

The iconic Octagon building, located on Beaconwood Park, was part of a £11 million new building program by Staffordshire University aimed at meeting the demands for skilled labour and to strengthen the collaborations with industry. 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. Through NACUE Launch Pad, we hope to continue the collaborative and innovative legacy of the Octagon by providing office space and mentorship to entrepreneurs from across the UK. To find out more go to www.beaconwoodpark.com

Our Location

Our site is well-connected with major cities in the UK; 30 minutes’ train journey to Birmingham, one hour to Manchester, and just 80 minutes to London Euston.

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