The Olympic Park site in east London is a development target for several leading institutions, including UCL. Photograph: Oda/Getty Images
By the time the last athlete breasts the line at this summer's Olympics, another set of competitors will already be at the starting blocks. These are the businesses and organisations keen to take over parts of the site at Stratford, east London, and their focus is on intellectual rather than sporting muscle.
All three of the bids shortlisted for a chance to occupy the Olympic press and broadcast centres involve a higher or further education element – from a fashion college, to a link-up between a French sports retailer and Loughborough University, to research and technology centres.
University College London (UCL) is also developing plans for a new campus east of the Olympic Park, with possible research and teaching space and accommodation for staff and students