Coventry University-led consortium awarded £3.7m for new AI and data science courses

An Institute of Coding (IoC) consortium led by Coventry University (along with 10 other Higher Education Institutions), has been awarded £3.7m in funding from the Office for Students to develop a suite of postgraduate conversion courses in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science.

The primary goal of the new conversion courses is to respond to the shortage of data science and AI specialists in the UK.

The current supply of skilled graduates needs to increase significantly to keep pace with demand, which is expected to continue accelerating. The Government’s Digital Strategy predicted that within 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills.

A critical objective of the IoC consortium is to increase the number of learners from underrepresented groups in AI and data science, and to encourage graduates from diverse backgrounds to consider a future in this area.

The consortium will develop a series of flexible modes of study – a mixture of online, blended and face to face learning, and will also be working together to create a two-week online boot camp to support learners in making the transition to AI and data science.

The initiative will support 650 learners (full-time and part-time) by March 2023, of which 233 will be assisted through scholarships (36% of total learners).

For course enquiries, please contact: Reda Al Bodour

The IoC is a large national consortium of educators, employers and outreach organisations that is committed to co-developing new courses and activities at the degree level and above that will help a larger and more diverse group of learners into digital careers.