Skills Cymru

The School of Computer Science & Informatics - Blog

Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science & Informatics has a longstanding, international reputation for teaching and applied research activities, and collaborates with more than 100 UK and international academic and industrial partners.  The School offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Applied Software Engineering and also offers postgraduate degrees in a wide variety of subjects including Information Security and Privacy, Data Science and Analytics and Computational and Data Journalism.

Our research shapes our degree courses, making them relevant to today's employers and prepares graduates to take advantage of tomorrow's developments.  Employment prospects for our graduates in the computing and ICT industry are excellent, with statistics consistently showing that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating. Our graduates are also equipped with the transferable skills that open doors to careers in all sectors of economy.

Every year more than 300 new UK and international students choose to begin their studies with us.

The School is home to the National Software Academy which aims address the shortfall of qualified, industry-ready software engineers, by producing sought after graduates with industrial experience who will be recognised as leaders in their field.  Based in Newport, the Academy offers an innovative degrees in Software Engineering with a focus on the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience required to be immediately effective as a commercial software engineer.

Key features of the Academy include extensive engagement with industry throughout the degree, a focus on client-facing projects and a focus on teamwork and industry working practices.  Teaching and learning at the National Software Academy is centred on the delivery of real-life industry projects, a key distinguishing feature of both our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Our award-winning teaching has not only been recognised for its innovative and collaborative approach by Cardiff University, but also by industry networks for its long-term commitment to change the way that Software Engineering is taught.  The course content for the degrees taught at the Academy has been designed in close collaboration with industry, ensuring that students at all levels will gain experience in hands-on software development using current commercial tools and techniques.

The School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University is also a partner in the brand new Institute of Coding set up to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap by training the next generation of digital specialists.

The Institute of Coding is a consortium formed of businesses including IBM, Cisco, BT and Microsoft, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 25 universities, and professional bodies such as the British Computer Society and CREST.  The 25 universities involved, led by the University of Bath, range from sector leaders in business and computer science (UCL and Newcastle University) to experts in arts and design (University of the Arts) to specialists in widening participation and outreach (Open University and Birkbeck, University of London).

As noted above, the School is specifically involved in closing the gap between business and education by delivering degree programmes centred on real-world business problems and developing the skills needed by “work-ready” graduates.  In addition to this, the School will also contribute to initiatives aimed at widening participation in technology-related education through workshops, bootcamps and outreach activities.

The School is attending Skills Cymru as part of this work to enthuse and excite the next generation of digital professionals.  Students and staff from the School will be on hand to provide interactive activities and to discuss opportunities for young people to engage with Cardiff University.  Staff from the School will also be pleased to discuss opportunities for collaboration, including code clubs and supporting the curriculum, with schools and teachers.

Further information on the School of Computer Science can be found on our website at:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/computer-science