The Review of Computer Sciences Degree Accreditation and Graduate Employability, by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has been published and identifies significant roles for CPHC.
Shadbolt Review – FINAL REPORT – 20 April 2016
The 91-page report sets out ten recommendations and notes that: “It is important that reforms and recommendations across education and within industry are coordinated and meet the needs of different types of employers as well as enabling graduates to enjoy a career that will span many more scientific and technological advances.” CPHC is identified as a leading force in a number of these recmmendations, particularly in relation to “Improving data” (Recommendation 1), “Work experience” (Recommendation 2), “Careers advice and graduate opportunities” (Recommendation 5) and “Horizon scanning” (Recommendation 8).
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.
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.
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.