Degree partnership bringing security to town’s cyber future
THE future of cyber security in Cheltenham has been strengthened with the launch of a degree partnership.
The new cyber degrees were launched at an event at Gloucestershire College who will run them in conjunction with the University of the West of England at the town’s dedicated cyber hub from September 2020.
They will sit alongside an array of IT and cyber apprenticeships, the new T levels, HNCS and HNDS and BTECS – all aimed at attracting more students into cyber and IT related education.
The launch event included guest speakers giving insights into the future of cyber training, opportunities in Cheltenham and developments for the cyber business park.
Among them was Chris Ensor, deputy director for cyber skills and growth at The National Cyber Security Centre which forms part of GCHQ.
He commended the partnership as a model of best practice for developments elsewhere in the country.
And he stressed that building a strong cyber security pipeline is crucial to allow companies to move forward safely, sharing an insight into the need for more diversity in the industry, particularly attracting more females into cyber-related education.
BAE Systems discussed how the company develops its own cyber security talent with apprenticeships and graduate schemes, adopting an approach which allows them to grow their own talent with individuals who are passionate about technology and cyber security.
And Tim Atkins, managing director of place and growth at Cheltenham Borough Council, shared the latest news about the cyber business park which is set to develop next to the college’s Cheltenham Campus and GCHQ.
He demonstrated how the cyber business park will help to put Cheltenham on the map internationally, as well as offering the potential for hous
ing and recreational opportunities.
Gloucestershire College principal Matthew Burgess said: “All of the talks we heard provided an insightful look into the world of cyber security, from the need to encourage more diversity in the industry to plans for the new cyber business park.
“It is a very exciting time for Cheltenham as it cements itself as the cyber capital of the nation.
“The cyber business park is a much anticipated development for the county, and will undoubtedly attract more businesses to the area.”
He continued: From September 2020 employers and businesses will be able to access UWE degrees in Cyber and related technologies from our Cheltenham campus.
“These programmes are recognised as cutting edge in their field and this is the start of widening the offer of university level programme.”
Steve West (UWE), Tim Atkins (Cheltenham Borough Council), Chris Ensor (National Cyber Security Centre) and Matt Burgess (Gloucestershire College). Left, networking over breakfast at the launch