Royal College of Music tops the list with £2,747.19 spent per student on technology over the last two years, while other universities are found to spend as little as £1.38 per student

The education sector is undergoing a time of radical change as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly demonstrated why online education should be a part of teaching and learning. With artificial intelligence, machine-learning, cloud computing and the wealth of other benefits technology brings to universities, new research released today by leading academic research company Ivory Research has revealed which UK universities are investing the most in technology.* Topping the list is the Royal College of Music which invested £2,445,000 in technology over the last two academic years, equalling £2,747.19 per student! The Royal College of Music, a world-leading music school based in London, teaches students from all backgrounds and cultures, encouraging music as an artform as well as enriching society and shared experiences.

Next up is King’s College London, which spent on average £2,648 per student and with a student population of 33,110 in 2019/2020, that equates to a whopping £87,700,000 invested in technology.

At the bottom of the list is the University of Surrey, which has invested just £23,518 on technology, and with a student population of 16,990 this amounts to just £1.38 per student!

Maria Ovdii, University Expert and Co-Founder of Ivory Research, said: “Technology is a huge part of learning, and the effective use of digital learning tools can increase student engagement, facilitate personalised learning and aid lecturers to improve their learning plans.

“Our research finds that, while some universities are investing in a significant amount in technology, work still needs to be done. Technology is vital to university students, especially after the pandemic led to a sharp swift from in-person teaching to online education.”

The top 10 UK universities investing the most in technology per student between 2019 and 2021 are:

  1. Royal College of Music
  2. Kings College London
  3. London Business School
  4. University of Edinburgh
  5. University of Dundee
  6. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  7. University of Manchester
  8. Royal Academy of Music
  9. Liverpool John Moores University
  10. University of Exeter

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