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Teaching the next generation of cyber security experts

Posted on 18 December 2015

The University of York has been awarded £60,000 to help boost its cyber security teaching and learning.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has worked with the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) to distribute a £500,000 Development Fund  - ensuring UK students get high quality, innovative teaching and the skills to help protect the country against cyber attacks.

The University of York will use the grant to help provide practical cyber security for computer science and IT courses.

 Professor Howard Chivers, from the University’s Department of Computer Science, said:  “The University of York is one of only six universities in the UK to offer a Masters degree in Cyber Security, certified by GCHQ as meeting national standards for excellence in this increasingly important subject.

“The use of structured practical exercises is an important element of this successful course and this award will allow us to apply similar techniques to the development of teaching material for the undergraduate Computer Science syllabus.

“The project will seek the widest possible range of inputs and ideas: the HEA promotes student engagement and wider collaboration within the UK HEA sector and we are also encouraged by the interest and participation of IT Services at York. “   

The schemes are funded from the Government’s five-year, £860m National Cyber Security Programme to protect and promote the UK in cyber space.

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