Four universities offering Tech Partnership accredited-degrees top league table

Four universities offering Tech Partnership-accredited tech degrees have featured in the Guardian’s list of top ten computer science departments.

The universities, which offer the Partnership’s Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business, include Aston, Loughborough, Durham and Manchester.

The annual league table, published last week, considers factors including job prospects, teaching quality and student feedback to rank UK universities and their departments.

Dr Russell Lock, Lecturer at Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University said he was “delighted” that his department was named the 6th best computer science department.

“While the various university rankings take into account a complex range of different factors, one that is always prominent for Loughborough is that of the student experience. We strongly support industrial placements, which see over 75% of our students undertake a year in industry as part of their ITMB degree.”

ITMB and SDfB degrees put focus on employability skills such as communication and teamwork, alongside the broad spectrum of in-demand tech skills. They also encourage students to take a year’s work placement in the middle of their study to further increase their job prospects.

The recent Shadbolt report on employability in Computer Science points out that graduates of sandwich courses have better employability that conventional, 3-year taught courses.

“We’re very much looking forward to our first cohort of Software Development for Business students having the best employability in the UK,” said Dr Steven Bradley, Teaching Fellow and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University.

ITMB and SDfB degrees offer students a unique insight into the tech industry through real-world projects and employer-students events, which encourage students to network and showcase their skills and achievements to future tech-industry employers.

Dr Anthony Beaumont, Undergraduate Programme Director of Computer Science at Aston University said: “Our staff are very happy with this high league table position and it reflects many years of hard work to build up the strength of our teaching and links with industry.”

Bob Clift, Head of Higher Education at the Tech Partnership, said the degrees’ focus on employability meant that a high proportion of graduates found relevant jobs after graduation.

“We’re delighted that the departments offering ITMB and SDfB degrees have got the recognition they deserve. It’s so important that we encourage more young people to pursue these top quality, industry-accredited degrees so that they can reach their potential in a growing sector”.

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