April 8, 2022
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Professor Curzon will work closely with schools, and in particular primary schools, with both students and teachers. In doing so, he will be part of a wider effort that will build a pipeline of collaborations with UK ICT research from primary school and inspire the next generation of informatics Experts |. In addition, the funding will allow Professor Curzon to ensure that public engagement is placed at the heart of the research culture by collaborating with both academics and early career researchers at Queen Mary and other institutions.
A focus of the program will be to highlight the diversity of computer scientists and their diverse backgrounds, as well as the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary research they undertake. The project will also show students the variety of professional roles available to people with IT skills across a wide range of occupations.
Professor Paul Curzon, Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London said: “As we have shown in our previous work, presenting computer science research in a fun way that emphasizes diversity can be a powerful way to engage students in the subject, and the younger this is done the better.” Public engagement should be at the core of all research to educate and inspire, but equally important to improve the quality of research.”
There is currently a significant skills gap across the UK digital sector, including IT. By supporting young learners‘ Commitment to computing, funding will play an important role in tackling the skills shortages that will continue to constrain the UK‘s development in the future. The program comes at a time when technology‘The importance for students continues to grow. A recently government report found that around 82 per cent of all jobs in the UK list digital skills as a requirement, which is likely to increase in the coming years. The skills required will also increasingly be more than just basic digital skills, giving those with IT skills an advantage.
The funding will allow Professor Curzon to build on his existing work aimed at promoting the uptake of computer science in schools. He helped create the online resource Computer Science for Fun (cs4fn)and the Teach London Computing Project that helps schools deliver both fun and excellent computer education.