Department of Computer Science

Placements to be professionally accredited in new pilot

Mon Dec 19 11:42:00 GMT 2016

Bath is the first university to pilot plans by BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT to extend professional accreditation to Computer Science degree placements.

The plans were presented at a Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Round Table to discuss computing education. It was attended by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matthew Hancock and the Director of Education at BCS, Dr Bill Mitchell.

Bill said: “We’re piloting accreditation of placements with Bath because they have exceptional work placements, and because they do a great job of developing professionalism in their students. Hence Bath are ideal for supporting our work through such a pilot. Ministers now believe that work experience should be `baked into all degrees.”

Professor James Davenport said: “As well as celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the University of Bath is also celebrating 50 years of high-quality professional placements.

“The details of our placements have changed, but the quality has not. In this competitive world, it is important that our students are recognised for the quality of their work, and I am pleased that they now have the opportunity to gain Registered IT Technician status from a professional society as well as a degree from a prestigious university.”

Dr Rachid Hourizi, Director of Studies for placements in the Department said: “We send great students to great companies, with great support from Louise Oliver, our Placements Manager, her colleagues, and the academics who do placement visits. These companies range from major multinationals to Bath Innovation Centre startups, from the most technical to the most client-facing. Our students are always warmly appreciated, and the vast majority get job offers from the companies they have worked for.”

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