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Bridging the AI and Data Science Skills Gap

20 May 2020 10:45AM

University of Suffolk receives funding to launch the Suffolk Data Science Academy offering new courses in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science 

The University of Suffolk has been awarded £600,000 funding from the government to launch the Suffolk Data Science Academy and develop an innovative postgraduate conversion course in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data science. 

The Suffolk Data Science Academy will be hosted in the DigiTech Centre, in partnership with BT Adastral Park, with access to over £5 million of specialist computing infrastructure optimised to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics teaching and research with a focus on Machine Learning (ML) applications.     

Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Dean of the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology (EAST) at the University of Suffolk said, “The future of work is being shaped by the growing and rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence across all disciplines. We have designed a learn-by-doing environment to bring together businesses, industry experts, academics and students in one collaborative learning and innovation community. We are delighted that the funding we received from the Office for Students will enable the University to offer 50 fully funded scholarships to eligible students, preparing our graduates for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).” 

Professor Nicholas Caldwell, Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the University added, “Artificial intelligence and data science are central technologies in addressing the challenges faced by society and business today and will be ever more so in the future. Students on this degree will gain the knowledge and skills across a broad range of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques and tools.” 

“To give our students an extra employability edge, they will develop solutions to real-world problems by businesses across the East of England and beyond as part of the degree. The course is designed to support graduates from any discipline, not just traditional computing or STEM backgrounds, in mastering these skill sets, and with the very generous scholarships, we will be able to unlock the potential of our region.” 

Matt Capp, Senior Manager for Research Strategy and Adastral Vision at BT added, “For BT and the other companies at Adastral Park finding people with high quality AI and Data Science skills can be a challenge. The scholarships offered through the University of Suffolk’s DigiTech centre will mean that we will have access to students graduating with these key skills right on our doorstep. This is great opportunity for businesses at Adastral Park and across the region to help develop the students and gain access to a source of potential recruits.” 

The MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is due to start in January 2021. If anyone would like to register their interest, please click here  


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