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AI trend drives rise in students wanting to study computing

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

There's a great article on the BBC website, looking at the computing courses school leavers are choosing at University or college. Inspired by all the news and excitement around AI, it's no surprise that more students are chosing to study computing. But I did expect that the overall number would be up by more than10% compared to 2022 - and it's disappointing that the proportion of female students is only up 1% to 18%. When Microsoft offers training and certification directly to students - for topics such as AI, Data, Cloud, Security etc - over half of the places are taken by women. And the students come from a huge variety of faculties. As well as computing; engineering; maths and physics, they are studying Law, Sports Science, Business, Fine Art, Marketing, Psychology etc and they are picking up additional industry certifications from Microsoft, or others in the sector, to boost their digital capabilities and employability. So it is great to see more students choosing computing degrees - but it would be even better if we could see AI, Cloud and Data etc being offered within academic programmes which are not in the school of computing but across the campus more widely: and if we can boost the diversity of those engaging with AI, technology and computing.

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