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University earns share of £3.7million funding

Kamal Beckhoum

The University of Gloucestershire is part of a consortium awarded £3.7million in funding to develop postgraduate conversions courses in artificial intelligence and data science.

Designed to address a shortage of skilled graduates amid growing demand, the funding for the Institute of Coding consortium led by Coventry University comes from the Office of Students - part of the Department for Education

According to the Government's digital strategy, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills within the next two decades.

With a significant increase in the number of graduates skilled in this area needed, one objective of the consortium - which consists of 11 universities - is to increase the number of learners in AI and data science from under-represented groups and diverse backgrounds.

The consortium will develop flexible modes of study with a mixture of online, blended and face-to- face learning, as well as working together to create a two-week online boot camp.

Professor Kamal Bechkoum, the head of the School of Business & Technology at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "In an era of super-connectivity, data tsunami and AI, there is an ever-increasing need for new and advanced digital skills.

"We are delighted to be joining forces with a consortium of universities from the Institute of Coding to design and deliver a Masters programme in AI and data science.

"This is a great opportunity for the University of Gloucestershire to influence the digital skills agenda both in the region and nationally."

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