We Need to Talk!

CPHC calls for a summit meeting to bring employers and universities together to address Computer Science graduate skills

The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing today called for a summit meeting to explore the issues behind what David Willetts recently referred to as employer ‘frustration’ about the lack of skills in Computer Science graduates.

The CPHC’s view is that there is a complex landscape.  Different employers have radically different needs, and different Computer Science degrees deliver widely varying skill-sets with this in mind.  Avowedly poor early employment figures for students with Computer Science degrees are negated by data from the same source for later employment that suggests students are slower at getting into the market rather than simply not doing so.  At the same time government figures show that Computer Science degrees are taking on more students from deprived backgrounds than other subjects and that Computer Science graduates achieve good salary levels. Continue reading