Keele University has received funding from the Office for Students (OfS) to launch a postgraduate conversion course specialising in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, one of only 18 UK institutions to do so. The funding is part of a drive by the OfS to develop and implement new and innovative courses in these subject areas, boosting the number of graduates and specialists in the field.
Designed in collaboration with industry partners, underrepresented groups will have access to scholarships of £10,000. Dr Ed de Quincey, Director of Education at Keele’s School of Computing and Maths, said:
We are really excited about building on our existing internationally recognised research in multidisciplinary AI and data analytics to create a distinctive and inclusive course applied across a range of disciplines such as computer science, mathematics, medicine, humanities, geography, social sciences, and biosciences. We are particularly proud of the fact that we are co-designing the course with local employers and around the needs of students from a wide variety of backgrounds, enabling underrepresented students who might not necessarily have considered a career in AI and data science with scholarships of £10,000.
The new programme is due to commence in Autumn 2020, but timetables will be agreed with the OfS in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.