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2013

Pupils get a taste of the future of computing at Abertay

5 June 2013

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School pupils from across Dundee will today (Wednesday 5 June) get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the wide range of careers a degree in computing can offer.

The University of Abertay Dundee’s School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics is hosting S4 pupils from Braeview Academy, Craigie High School and St Paul’s RC Academy.

The pupils will get to take part in app development to control Lego Mindstorm robots, as well as seeing how password security relies on complex cryptography techniques.

Professor Simeon Keates, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, said: “Computing is an absolutely fascinating area and one that young people should seriously consider as a career option, as it covers everything from building apps for mobile phones to stopping terrorists hacking government databases.

“Today we’re looking to speak to school pupils who may not have considered computing as a career path. The world of computing is changing to a merger between traditional computing and engineering disciplines achieved through networks of smart interconnected devices in the Internet of Things. Our aim is to help offer a view into that vision of the future of computing.

“Taking Highers in technical subjects as diverse as biology, chemistry and environmental science through to music technology and graphic communication can be the start to joining one of our degree courses.

“What’s really important is giving these young people the chance to meet students, find out about university life, and inspire them to think about everything they could achieve with a degree in computing.”

The pupils will hear about the , Digital Forensics, , Engineering & Intelligent Systems, and Web Design & Communication degree programmes.

All of these degrees have a common first year, allowing students to enter without choosing a specialist subject – they can try out the full range of the School’s computing and engineering subjects, before pursuing the area that excites and interests them most.

Lecturers and students will deliver the event, with the school pupils also getting the opportunity to speak to current students about life at university.

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For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Manager) – T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk

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