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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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