Computing Education Practice Conference

CPHC’s Learning Development Group is pleased to be supporting Computing Education Practice (CEP), a new UK Computing Education Conference, to be held in Durham in January.  The deadline for abstracts is 31st October.

While there are conferences based in the US and around Europe, there is currently no regular UK-based event for HE computing education. CEP will provide an opportunity to discuss with like-minded people the challenges and opportunities that face us, and how these are changing. As well as a platform for presenting, exploring and sharing ideas and new approaches there will also be opportunities for focused discussion on the topics raised. Sally Fincher, Professor of Computing Education at Kent University, will give a keynote address to get the day started and Kay Hack, STEM lead from the HEA, will be starting the afternoon session.

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CPHC Chair’s Report: October 2016

After the summer, some key activity must begin in earnest.  CPHC has been in discussions with CASE to explore the benefit of undertaking and producing a joint report on the CS/STEM landscape.  Suggestions from members are welcome. 

Key points:

This week the Prime Minister has started to outline a BREXIT timeline.  I think it will be important for CPHC to identify opportunities as well as issues.  Our approach for identifying such issues and opportunities, and communicating our message, is being considered.  It is worth exploring whether we should work in partnership on such a programme.

A Shadbolt Implementation Group has been established by DfE (who will lead the follow up work, reporting to Jo Johnson).  Representatives from CPHC, DCMS, Tech Partnership, BCS and HEFCE are on the group.  A meeting was held in August, with a follow-up arranged for 5 October.  CPHC has been asked to lead on two actions, and support a third.  CPHC members will indirectly support the fourth action on Accreditation.  A ministerial round table with Jo Johnson has been scheduled for late November.

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Embedding Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Curriculum

CPHC is working with the support of The UK Cabinet Office and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT to help its members implement new criteria for including cybersecurity principles and learning outcomes within computing science and IT related degrees.

(ISC)2/CPHC Resources

So far our efforts have reached over 66 universities and nearly 160 programme leaders and lecturers in a series of workshops lead by (ISC)², the world’s leading international association of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals.  They have also prompted the development of a growing repository of resources available for your teaching staff and an ongoing community effort to support teaching in this area. Continue reading