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By Cyril Pernet, University of Edinburgh, Krishna Kumar, University of Cambridge,

The Software Sustainability Institute was asked to take part in the debate about the employability of computer scientists and the ideas that have been proposed to help the situation. For our next post on the issue, we wanted a perspective from a computer science department, so we are very pleased to publish this post from Joyce Lewis at the University of Southampton.

By Joyce Lewis, Senior Fellow for Partnerships and Business Development at the University of Southampton.

It all depends what you mean by computer scientists... The statistics collected by UK…

By Devasena Inupakutika, Software Consultant.

How do we get more girls involved in science at school, and keep them interested when they go to university? One answer is the STEM Careers Event, which took place at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College last month of this year. Here, students were given a chance to try out a wide range of engaging tasks and find out why and how careers in science and engineering can be exciting and fulfilling for girls too.

Guiding them along were mentors from across the disciplines - including me. I was there with the rest of the Robogals…

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

There are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline (see my last post). In an attempt to understand the issue, David Willetts, the Minister of State for Universities and Skills, recently held a workshop that brought together leading representatives from industry and academia, and the Software Sustainability Institute. In this post, I’ll discuss my take on some of the ideas that were discussed.

If you want good quality graduates you need to start young, so the first focus is…

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

Over the last few years, HESA's study of graduate careers has awarded computer science with the unwelcome honour of the lowest employment rate of all graduates. Last year, about 14% of computer scientists were unemployed six months after graduation. So what's wrong with computer scientists?

We will soon be attending a strategy meeting on the future of UK computer science degrees, and we want…

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