HEFCE funding for STEM courses

£1.7 million awarded to 28 projects to develop engineering and computer science conversion courses

A total of 28 projects, involving 32 universities and colleges, will between them receive £1.7 million to develop a range of engineering and computer science conversion courses.

The new courses which will start in 2016-17 will train a total of up to 1,500 students in the first two years of delivery. The announcement coincides with British Science Week, the annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. 

This investment will help over 1,500 graduates to retrain in these crucial STEM subjects, and is part of our commitment to people waiting to gain new skills at all stages in life

Demand for graduates in engineering, data science, cybersecurity, and software engineering is growing in the economy. Providing graduates in other subjects with the opportunity to study and work in these areas will allow them to develop their careers, and increase the supply of skilled practitioners. The courses will provide a range of opportunities for graduates across England to convert to these subjects, while undertaking study delivered in a variety of different models. 

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said: “Scientists, engineers and mathematicians are all vital to driving innovation, and fuelling economic growth. This investment will help over 1,500 graduates to retrain in these crucial STEM subjects, and is part of our commitment to people waiting to gain new skills at all stages in life. These courses will open up a rewarding career in exciting industries, and provide much needed skills to UK businesses.” 

Evaluation of the scheme and the funded courses will take place over the next year while the courses are being delivered, and key lessons will be shared with the sector.

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