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Bury St Edmunds West Suffolk College and Eastern Education Group invited to Mobile World Conference in Barcelona





A Bury St Edmunds college has been showcasing its work at one of the world’s most influential tech conferences.

West Suffolk College and Eastern Education Group were invited to represent Great Britain by the Government at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

The event, recognised as one of the the largest and most influential connectivity event in the world, college representatives were chosen to showcase some of their groundbreaking technology during the conference which saw 100,000 guests attend from across the globe.

Tom Lloyd (second left), Jake Mills (third left) with delegates at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona
Tom Lloyd (second left), Jake Mills (third left) with delegates at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona

During the four day conference, the college was given the chance to display their work at the Great Britain stand and were able to secure high profile meetings with leading players that included Microsoft and the European Space Agency.

They were also able to give interactive AI sessions to Lord Offord, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exports.

Discussions have also taken place with the University of Barcelona ahead of a possible collaboration with the college aimed at supporting students on health related programmes.

West Suffolk College and Eastern Education Group help put Bury St Edmunds on the global stage
West Suffolk College and Eastern Education Group help put Bury St Edmunds on the global stage

Tom Lloyd, executive director Skills, Innovation and Strategic Development for the Eastern Education Group, said: “We would like to thank Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited who invited us to this event on behalf of the Department for Business and Trade.

“We were delighted to be given this high profile opportunity thanks to the work we are doing across the group that includes the development of a multi-million pound XR lab that was opened last year in Bury St Edmunds.

“We were told we were invited because we are to be one of the most innovative tech leaders in the region. We were able to showcase how we are transforming education, how we are using cutting edge technology to do this and how we are blazing the trail for other colleges in the UK.

“By attending we were able to increase our networking opportunities and potential collaborations and we champion some of the great work we are doing on a global stage.”