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Scottish Government Announces £1.4m Funding for Computer Science Boost

Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced an investment of £1.4m to begin redressing the collapse of Computer Science in Scotland.

As she reports via her tweet, Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced an investment of £1.4m to begin redressing the collapse of Computer Science in Scotland.

The funding will create a new teacher led organization ‘STACS’, to be hosted by the University of Glasgow.

Computer Science in Crisis

It’s clearly a desperately needed change of direction.

The teaching of the core computing skills required is ‘in crisis‘, with enrollment and staff numbers in decline. Professor Bill Buchanan describes how Computer Science is “crashing” out of the curriculum.

Indeed decline is too mild a description for what’s happening, it’s more accurate to say the topic has one foot in the grave, being on a rapid downward trajectory towards complete oblivion:

There really isn’t a more stark contrast between our ambition to build a world leading digital nation, and our actual progress towards that goal.

This has been recognized by Mark Logan, former COO for Skyscanner, commissioned by Kate Forbes to define how best to accelerating Scotland’s technology ecosystem, publishing a report identifying how to do so, and regularly commenting that addressing Computer Science education is central to this agenda.

Grass Roots Action Plan

A special commendation for progress is also owed to Toni Scullion and her work to pioneer uptake of the Digital Technology Education Charter.

No one is working harder to raise awareness of the issue and champion the collective action to work together to address it.

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