The School of Computing at Staffordshire University has a tradition of innovative, forward looking and industry relevant courses. In 2015-16, the School is celebrating 50 years of delivering Computing higher education in the UK. We were one of the first 5 UK Universities to deliver BSc’s in Computing in the UK back in 1965. That was innovative and forward looking in 1965. We have continued being innovative in Computing education and, for example, recently validated courses in MSc Internet of Things, MSc Big Data (on campus and distance learning versions), and MSc Cloud Computing.
The MSc Big Data joins our existing set of distance learning awards at Masters level in Computer Science, Professional Computing (aimed at CPD for working professionals), and Mobile Device Application Development.
We are also just launching an MSc in Cyber Security that runs both on campus and also via distance learning to cater for the growing need for CPD of computing professionals in this area. The course builds on our existing successful BSc Cyber Security and on a bespoke BSc Intelligence and Security that we run for the UK and other Armed Forces personnel.
We are well equipped to support our distance learning students in the area of security through the use of a virtualisation environment and platforms that run on dedicated servers that allow our students to experience and practice ethical hacking and penetration testing against live targets.
Staffordshire University and the School of Computing are committed to providing an excellent learning environment for all our students. During the summer of 2016, Computing is moving into a newly refurbished building and laboratories with £600K of new additional state of the art kit that includes servers to run multiple VM’s for the penetration testing, servers and high capacity storage to support big data and cloud environments and services for our students to use. Both staff and students are looking forward to the move.
The School of Computing prides itself on the industrial relevance of its courses and its close links with industry. We are both a Cisco and a Juniper Academy (in fact a Cisco Academy Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre), VMWare Academy, Microsoft Advanced Academy , ARM Educational Academy, Sony Academic Alliance member, and embed a number of these companies’ industry certification syllabi into our programmes, plus others from Oracle, EC-Council (CEH), Guidance Software (Encase), Micro Systemation and CelleBrite (mobile forensics), National Instruments (LabView), Apple iOS Developer Programme, Microsoft Dreamspark Premium Programme…… and apart from our relationship with the Ministry of Defence, we also have links with Police Forces including a new innovative Partnership with Staffordshire Police in the area of Forensics.
Most of our undergraduate students complete a 12 month placement period (100-150 doing placements per year), doing real work for real salaries. Recent examples include GCHQ, CERN (where our students provide networking and programming support for highly intensive computing), Cisco, Integral, Airbus Industries, Logica, and many others.