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Linking London NNCO Event - Spotlight on Computing

This was the final subject specific event of the Linking London NNCO, and focused on the Computing sector of Higher Education.

After an introduction and welcome from Emily Harber, NNCO Project Officer, delegates were informed of the upcoming NNCO Subject Specific Guides which will be launched at our NNCO End of Project Event in December. The guides will feature the four subjects we have covered in our subject specific events: Art & Design, Business, Computing and Psychology. Each guide will feature an introduction to the subject, mapping of where the subject can be studied in London, entry requirements, alternative course options and graduate prospects.

Paul Carden, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Informatics at London South Bank University, then provided an introduction to LSBU’s Computing courses, and informed attendees of other course options available for learners in this field.  Paul highlighted the university’s strong mature study body, as well as new courses which have opened in his department such as Mobile Technology. The level of mathematic ability required for computing courses was discussed, as were potential graduate career paths.

Paul then provided information on course specialisms and entry criteria, and then described the university’s different teaching styles and modes of assessment. LSBU are trying to create a regular CPD event for lecturers and advisers, and Paul encouraged interested delegates to get in contact. The courses at LSBU are open to BTEC and Access students.

Charlotte Fisher-Morecroft, Early Professionals Manager and Degree Apprenticeship Lead at IBM, gave a presentation on the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships IBM offer, and identified what employers look for in candidates. Charlotte highlighted her company’s 3 year apprenticeship scheme, and their Degree Apprenticeships which are provided in partnership with Exeter, Glasgow, Kent and Queen Mary University of London. The online application process for apprenticeships was examined in detail, and delegates were informed that all apprentices who complete the programme will graduate into a real job with IBM.

Delegates then heard from Dr Sin Wee Lee, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at University of East London (UEL), on the university’s Computing courses, potential graduate career paths and how to make a successful application. Sin outlined alternative computing degrees and graduate salary expectations. Sin also reported that the UEL programme is only 3 days a week to allow students to work part time. Students are encouraged to engage with real world projects as part of their degree. Taster days are available for learners, and their student support team provide hands advice and support for their students – many of whom are first generation scholars and/or come from low income backgrounds.  The university run foundation years for all their programmes, and also have a part time provision.

The event closed with a panel session with the presenters, which provided attendees with the chance to discuss, applications from students with learning difficulties, the male to female student ratio of the subject and Degree Apprenticeships.


Paul Carden- London South Bank University

Charlotte Fisher Morecroft- IBM

Dr Sin Wee Lee- University of East London


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