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Lincolnshire Computing At School Intiative Launched by SoCS Staff

SoCS staff presenting to Computing School Teachers from the Lincolnshire region
SoCS staff presenting to Computing School Teachers from the Lincolnshire region

Thursday December 13th saw the official launch of the Computing At School Lincolnshire Hub with a meeting of computing teachers from across the region hosted by School of Computer Science staff on Brayford Campus.

School and Sixth Form College teachers from as far afield as Leicester, Skegness and Peterborough as well as from the immediate Lincoln area gathered for the launch of the Computing At School (CAS) Hub which is a national initiative sponsored by the British Computer Society (BCS) to help promote best practice in the teaching of computing at schools and to push forward the Government agenda to drive the focus of the national curriculum away from ICT to a more Computer Science approach.  As a member of the BCS “Network of Excellence” in the Computer Science field, SoCS were invited to create a Lincolnshire Hub centred on the University and staff have worked hard to create and promote what is hoped to be a continuing forum for the promotion of the subject of computing across the region. 

The initial meeting concentrated on proposals from the Education Secretary Michael Gove to promote Computing Science in Schools, and how the University of Lincoln could offer reskilling opportunities for current ICT teachers to enable them to become Computer Science teachers in the future.  Future meetings are already in the pipeline with possible future topics for investigation including the gender imbalance in the technology field; enhancing the classroom experience; promoting the need to ‘think’ in compulsory education and bringing Python into the classroom.  The meetings are informal and allow like-minded professionals to promote best practice, to get ideas of how to improve teaching of ‘tricky’ subjects and to provide a networking opportunity for teachers across the region. 

One attendee commented that “it was good to hear [SoCS] enthusiasm for working with local schools”, adding “we really value working with the University to make teaching of Computer Science a real success.”

Military MSc Delivery Success

The first cohort of the prestigious MSc Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Management course developed by SoCS staff in partnership with the world renowned 54 Squadron QWI training team at RAF Waddington were on campus last week for two days intensive delivery from two members of the SoCS team. 

John Lewak and Kevin Jacques welcomed 8 military personnel to Brayford Campus and treated them to an intensive two days of lectures and seminars in Research Methods to help support them as they begin their MSc Project work.  Students commented that the sessions were both invaluable and surprisingly entertaining!

Open Day – Another Big Turnout

Over 150 people attended SoCS subject talks at the recent University of Lincoln Open Day.

Staff and students were on hand to answer questions posed by potential LSOCS students and their parents and friends.  Typical questions related to the recent successes with regard to BCS accreditation, the number of students on placement year and the types of Projects done by our final year students.  Guests commented extremely favourably on the enthusiasm and knowledge of our Student Ambassadors.