Maggie Philbin Becomes CPHC Patron

Technology campaigner and TV personality, Maggie Philbin, has become Patron of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).MaggiePhilbinMaggie has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. She is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science and Technology. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from De Montfort University recognising her “outstanding contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and region” and for “bringing about a greater understand of and interest in science and technology”. She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences, bringing a unique and insightful perspective on technology.

Commenting on her new role, Maggie spoke of her enthusiasm for promoting Computing and Computer Science in UK Higher Education. “I’m really delighted to be to be CPHC Patron and supporting their work in highlighting the work of university Computing departments,” she said.  “It’s never been more important to help the wider public understand the importance of Computing education and research . Computer Science is much  more visible in the school and college curriculums, so it’s essential that we maintain this focus into HE. I look forward to us all working together on this.” Continue reading

Booking Now Open for 2015 CPHC Conference

Booking is now open for the 2015 CPHC Conference and AGM

The CPHC 2015 Conference is due to be held on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April 2015 at Queen Mary University of London, Mile end Road, London. EN1 4NS.  Links to the booking pages follow at the end of this post.

The event is due to start at 09.00 on the morning of the 27th April with a New Heads’ Workshop and will close at approximately 14.30 on Tuesday 28th April. For further details on the Conference please see the link below:

2015 CPHC Conference and AGM

As with the 2014 Conference there will also be a Conference Dinner on the evening of Monday 27th April held at the University.

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First Call for Submissions for the 2015 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertation Competition

The 2015 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations competition will soon be open for submissions via the website http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=disdis15

The competition aims to make more visible the significant contribution made by the UK – in particular by post-graduate students – to computer science. Any dissertation is eligible that is submitted for a doctorate in the British Isles in what is commonly understood as computer science.

To be considered, a dissertation should:

  • make a noteworthy contribution to the subject;
  • reach a high standard of exposition;
  • place its results clearly in the context of computer science as a whole; and
  • enable a computer scientist with significantly different interests to grasp its essentials.

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CPHC Conference Provisional Schedule Available

The 2015 CPHC Conference and AGM will take place at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April 2015.  The provisional schedule is now available.  The theme of this year’s conference is Impact.

‘Marking 50 Years of Computer Science in the UK’

Conference webpage (Booking will be available soon)

Conference schedule (Provisional)

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CPHC Conference and AGM 2015 Dates Announced

The 2015 CPHC Conference and AGM will take place at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April 2015

Marking 50 Years of Computer Science in the UK

The 2015 CPHC Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday/Tuesday the 27th/28th of April 2015 at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).  The theme of this year’s conference is Impact.

Conference webpage

With the published REF results in everyone’s minds, ‘impact’ will be an excellent focus for the 2015 conference.  However, ‘impact’ will have more than purely a research flavour.  Good teaching naturally has ‘impact’, as does effective industrial and governmental  liaison, public engagement and much more.  These areas will all contribute to relevant and interesting presentations, workshops and debates with appropriate keynote speakers and facilitators adding strength and depth to the programme.

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Computing Graduate Employability Workshops Announced

A series of ‘Computing Graduate Employability Workshops’ has been announced by CPHC, HEFCE and HEA

Computing is one of the largest subject areas in Higher Education, and is taught in almost every institution, graduating around 9,000 students every year. Yet Computing graduates are recorded as having the highest unemployment rates for all subjects, six months after graduation.

Of course, institutions are not all the same. They do not have similar intakes, missions or expectations, and demonstrate a wide range of approaches to curriculum, student experience and employability. No single piece of practice represents “success”: everything works somewhere.

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