New courses at University of Wolverhampton help to plug skills gaps

The University of Wolverhampton has successfully secured funding to develop a new range of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science courses to address a national skills shortage.

The initiative, which was recently launched with up to £24 million funding, is part of the #JoinYourAIFuture national recruitment campaign programme funded by the Office for Students. The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator for higher education in England.

The OfS’s aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

The University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has committed to equipping students with the training, education and managerial soft skills required to meet the industry standards and code of practice in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science through a new Master’s degree.

The programme of study will allow students to choose modules to top up their skills as well as offering them the opportunity to complete paid internships.

Local partners Transport for West Midlands, City of Wolverhampton Council and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will support the programme by providing students with case studies based on real events and businesses will provide a cloud training environment to be modelled from real-world scenarios as well as offering placement opportunities.

Successful students will have flexible access to study and course content so they can fit their studies around their daily lives. Students will undertake paid work placements to help maximise their employment opportunities at the end of their course which could see them land roles as machine learning engineers, data scientists, research scientists or AI architects.