2016 CPHC Conference Booking Open

The 2016 CPHC Conference is due to be held on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th April 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester. M15 6BH.

Details are currently provisional. However, the event is due to start at 09.45 on the morning of Monday 25th April with a New Heads Workshop (the main Conference start time is 12.00) and will close at approximately 12.30 on Tuesday 26th April, followed by a networking lunch for delegates. Confirmed speakers include Professor Steve Furber, ICL Professor of Computer Engineering at Manchester University and Maggie Philbin, CEO and Founder of Teentech, and our Patron.

A Conference programme is taking shape and will be available very soon

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CPHC/HEA Report “Computing Graduate Employability: Sharing Practice” Published

A key report on Computing graduate employability and sharing of good practice has been published jointly by CPHC and the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Download Computing Graduate Employability: Sharing Practice report.

Computing is one of the largest subject areas in Higher Education, and is taught in almost every institution, graduating around 9,000 students each year. However Computing graduates are recorded as having the highest unemployment rates for all subjects (11% for Computing compared with an overall rate of 7% for graduates of all subjects). This new report, jointly published by the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and Higher Education Academy (HEA) highlights the depth, complexity and richness of employability practices in the sector, and aims to share those practices more widely. The report places practice in a comparative context so that departments may learn what works from each other. It draws on research gathered from over fifty Higher Education institutions in a series of workshops, focus groups and interviews. Throughout, participants’ voices are given priority, with the report structured around the common employability challenges faced by academics. Within that structure, clusters of similar practice (those which appear in several institutions) are presented, together with a series of showcases providing rich detail of specific interventions.

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Cybersecurity in Computer Science Degrees: Implementation Roadshow

The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and (ISC)2 is planning a series of half-day workshops (hosted with the support of the UK Government Office of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance & BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT) to support the development of cybersecurity curriculum within computing science degrees.

Developed to support new guidance for cybersecurity now referenced within revised accreditation guidelines from BCS, these will be an opportunity to both delve into topic specific areas and learn from the experience of colleagues.

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Call for Distinguished Dissertation nominations

The 2016 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations competition is now open for submissions via the web site

http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=disdis16

Closing date Friday 1 April 2016.

The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), in conjunction with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, annually selects for publication the best British PhD/DPhil dissertations in computer
science.

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Alan Turing Fellowships

This is a unique opportunity for early career researchers to join The Alan Turing Institute. The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s new national data science institute, established to bring together world-leading expertise to provide leadership in the emerging field of data science. The Institute has been founded by the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick and EPSRC.

Fellowships are available for 3 years with the potential for an additional 2 years of support following interim review. Fellows will pursue research based at the Institute hub in the British Library, London. Fellowships will be awarded to individual candidates and fellows will be employed by a joint venture partner university (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL or Warwick).

Key requirements: Successful candidates are expected to have i) a PhD in a data science (or adjacent) subject (or to have submitted their doctorate before taking up the post), ii) an excellent publication record and/or demonstrated excellent research potential such as via preprints, iii) a novel and challenging research agenda that will advance the strategic objectives of the Institute, and iv) leadership potential. Fellowships are open to all qualified applicants regardless of background.

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