Study reveals best and worst university tech-investment

The highest ranking universities include Royal College of Music and Kings College London

A study has revealed which universities are investing the most in technology for students.

At the top of the list, compiled by academic research company Ivory Research, is London-based Royal College of Music. The university spent £2,445,000 over the past two academic years, equating to £2,747.19 per student. 

Kings College London made it to second place, having invested £2,648 on each student in the 2019/2020 academic year. The university, which is one of the highest ranking in the world, boasts a student population of 33,110 – meaning the institution invested £87,700,000 on technology in the academic year.

In the midst of the global pandemic, universities have had to invest in technology to enable at-home and online learning, to deliver the same standard of teaching.

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

Our research finds that, while some universities are investing in a significant amount in technology, work still needs to be done – Maria Ovdii, Ivory Research

Other universities in the top ten include London Business School, The University of Edinburgh and The University of Manchester. The University of Surrey held the spot at the bottom end of the table, having invested £23,518 – equating to a small investment of £1.38 per its 16,990 students.

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.”


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