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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CPHC and Community Support for CAS

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.

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HEFCE, BIS, CPHC to meet

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.

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