Nottingham Trent University is one of only 18 universities to be awarded part of £13 million funding to launch new, innovative postgraduate courses in AI and data science.
Through a combination of specialist teaching and paid work placements, the courses will allow graduates to convert from both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and non-STEM subjects to boost their digital skills and pursue a career in the various specialisations of this rapidly growing sector including Data Architect, Infrastructure Architect, Data Analyst and Data Scientist.
The project at NTU will engage with industries across various sectors, including organisations such as Santander, Nottingham City Council, Ensek, Uniper and Parexel Informatics.
The funding was secured after a successful bidding process run by the Office for Students (OfS) which will deliver the funding on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial (BEIS) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI).
Those targeted for scholarships will include graduates from backgrounds which are often underrepresented in these industries, particularly female students, black students and those with disabilities. Of the total £13 million funding available, £10 million will be used for scholarships to support students from these underrepresented groups.
Taha Osman, the Postgraduate Courses Manager for Computing & Technology at Nottingham Trent University said: “We are looking forward to using this funding and our experience of working with employers in this sector to create a new course which will upskill students in the exciting and expanding area of data science.
“We will also build on the university’s highly-acclaimed Success-for-All initiative, which commits to ensuring student success regardless of background.”
Full details about the course, its start date and how to apply will be released shortly.