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What does the data say?

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt takes a look at the facts.

Computer science employability and accreditation

Computer science skills are vital to the UK’s economy across the full range of business and industry.

The Government commissioned an Independent Review led by Sir Nigel Shadbolt to understand the employment situation among graduate computer scientists and the role of professional accreditation of courses in this area. 

Key findings

The Review recommends:

  • Improved data, based on better collection and analysis, to establish more clearly which skills employers want and where graduates are working, and to inform horizon-scanning.
  • Improved work experience opportunities for students, with investigation of any barriers for particular groups.
  • Continued teaching of foundational knowledge and principles of computer science in line with the Association for Computing Machinery guidelines.
  • ‘Work-ready’ skills as a recognised and accredited part of degree programmes.
  • A campaign targeted at careers in computer science that also looks to accrediting careers advice as part of degree programmes.
  • Start-up companies and small and medium-sized enterprises as a more visible and vocal part of the employer landscape, with greater interaction with higher education providers.
  • Flexible, agile and responsive accreditation of degree courses, and work to make this more respected and valued by employers, students and higher education providers.

Conduct of the review

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is leading the review with the support of an advisory group which will consider the findings arising throughout the course of the review and help to inform the final report. The terms of reference for the review are available below.

Page last updated 6 February 2017