On August 29, 2014, CPHC attended a round-table discussion/workshop on Computer Science Graduate Employment with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) at which a number of key decisions were taken and essential future directions established.
The notes of the meeting are now available at the following link:
Computer Science Roundtable Meeting
Over the past year CPHC has been helping to fund Computing at School.
Last year the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing donated about a third of its income for the year to support the Computing at School project (http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/). Together with donations from member institutions, this allowed the CPHC to make a grant of £20k to CAS.
According to a report from Simon Humphreys, the funding has helped support the employment of Sue Sentance, the National Academic Coordinator for the Network of Excellence. CPHC’s charitable objective is to advance public education in Computer Science, and we are proud to be associated with with a programme contributing so substantially to that.
CPHC has been invited to a meeting to discuss the outcomes of UK Computer Science degrees.
Colleagues at HEFCE are coordinating a roundtable meeting to be held in early autumn to discuss aspects of the provision of education in Computer Science. Representation is likely from BIS and e-skills UK as well as HEFCE and CPHC.
We expect the meeting to discuss (at least) what the DLHE and long DLHE surveys have to say about the migration of Computer Science degree holders into the workforce, and what we know about the alignment between the UK’s educational provision and the needs of industry.
The CPHC Committee is planning a number of initiatives to promote dialogue between the HE sector, government and industry. Information on this and more can be found in the new webletter, which was published on 7 July.
CPHC calls for a summit meeting to bring employers and universities together to address Computer Science graduate skills
The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing today called for a summit meeting to explore the issues behind what David Willetts recently referred to as employer ‘frustration’ about the lack of skills in Computer Science graduates.
The CPHC’s view is that there is a complex landscape. Different employers have radically different needs, and different Computer Science degrees deliver widely varying skill-sets with this in mind. Avowedly poor early employment figures for students with Computer Science degrees are negated by data from the same source for later employment that suggests students are slower at getting into the market rather than simply not doing so. At the same time government figures show that Computer Science degrees are taking on more students from deprived backgrounds than other subjects and that Computer Science graduates achieve good salary levels. Continue reading
A new CPHC report, written by Dr Peter Norrington, has been published
Computer Science: Driving Entrepreneurship
This report presents the findings of a snapshot review to highlight spin-out, start-up and student-based models for entrepreneurship throughout computer science departments in the UK, showing how computer science can create jobs and growth. The report was undertaken with a view to celebrating the contribution of computer science to economic growth. It can also be used to generate and source ideas where institutions are considering how this might work in their departments. Continue reading
There were a number of changes to CPHC officers and committee members at the recent annual conference and AGM held at Loughborough University. Retiring from the committee, after long and valuable service were Professors Lachlan Mackinnon, Liz Bacon and Martin Loomes. Sally Smith was elected the new CPHC Chair with Dr. Iain Phillips moving to the position of Immediate Past Chair. Professor Carsten Maple was elected Vice-Chair and Professor Edmund Robinson becomes Treasurer. Professor David Duce continues as Secretary.
Professors Balbir Barn and Miltos Petridis join existing members Professor Sally Fincher, Professor Vic Grout, Dr. Stephen Jarvis, Dr. Colin Johnson, Dr. Rupert Ward and Professor Ian Wells on the CPHC Committee.