Staffordshire University celebrates 50 years of Computing

A campaign which celebrates Staffordshire University’s pioneering role in computing and digital futures officially launches this week.

Staffordshire University was one of only five UK institutions to launch the first BSc Hons Computing Science degree in 1965 and the 50 years of computing campaign, 50YC, aims to involve students, staff, alumni and the wider community in an inspirational programme of events.

Head of the School of Computing, Tracy Lewis said: “This year is a milestone and a celebration. Over the years, the University and its School of Computing lecturers and graduates have directly influenced the evolution of computing as an academic discipline and an industry.

“The University has helped to create an international workforce of highly-skilled computing professionals who have applied their knowledge and skills to find real world solutions in a digital age. We have great heritage and we look forward to strengthening and building on our success.”

Staffordshire University computing graduate Mick Hocking – a games industry pioneer and entrepreneur who is Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe – has been invited to help launch 50YC at the University’s Stafford campus this Friday October 16. Mick was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University earlier this year.

And in two weeks’ time the School of Computing is hosting a one-day DigiTech conference for its students, which features a host of talks by industry professionals on topics such as cyber-crime, computer games, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and the rise of Big Data.

A highlight of the 50YC campaign is the opportunity for students and staff to pitch an innovative business start-up idea for a chance to win £10,000 funding, support from a business mentor, and access to commercial office space. Two members of the winning team will also get an expenses paid trip to the 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Texas, USA.

Tracy added: “We are looking to involve local schools in 50YC through a series of competitions aimed at getting them to focus on advances in computing and digital futures. All work will then be displayed as part of a community showcase which is planned to take place in the Spring.”

Notes to editors: You are invited to attend the launch of 50YC at the Red Lecture Theatre, Octagon Building, Staffordshire University, Beaconside, Stafford ST18 OAD from 2pm - 4pm this Friday October 16.There is a photocall inviolving staff and students outside the Octagon building at 3.45pm plus an opportunity for interviews. To confirm your attendance, call the Press Office on 01782 294375.

Maria Scrivens

Media Relations Manager

t: 01782 294375

e: m.c.scrivens@staffs.ac.uk

Staffordshire University is developing to meet the needs of modern day learners and current and emerging industries. Vocationally inspired, the University offers courses across a wide range of subject areas.  The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 determined that 78 per cent of the University’s research is world leading or of international importance. 

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