Strategic Projects Manager (Computer Science)
- Full Time
The School of Engineering and Applied Science has a focus on designing and delivering professionally relevant programmes and research informed teaching to help to prepare our graduates to enter and impact industry. In Computer Science at Aston, we deliver distinctive programmes at undergraduate and Masters levels that achieve some of the highest employability rates for CS graduates in the UK. We value impactful research and our expertise includes AI, robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, HCI, digital health and software engineering, often spanning discipline boundaries.
We are seeking and experienced project manager to lead two new externally-funded projects of strategic importance to Aston University. We have recently been awarded c. £1.2m in HEFCE funding to i) take a leading role in the new national Institute of Coding initiative, and ii) develop a new BSc in Cybersecurity, targeted at the financial services industry. Both are high profile initiatives with aggressive delivery schedules and a high risk to Aston’s reputation if they were to fail. Both initiatives require close collaboration with commercial partners (including employer organisations clients and other stakeholders) to understand their requirements and to co-design course material, delivery, assessment, accreditation mechanisms, and software.
You will be responsible for the day to day management and reporting of these strategic projects, engaging with and developing relationships with academics as well as senior managers in partner companies and other stakeholder organisations, in order to ensure successfully delivery. You will have substantial experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder projects, and working at the interface between academia and the commercial world. Experience of curriculum design would be an advantage. A computer science or cybersecurity background would be helpful, but is not required.
The Institute of Coding (IoC) www.instituteofcoding.org is a new, exciting, national initiative, led by the University of Bath, supported by theme leaders Aston University, Coventry University, the Open University and Queen Mary University of London. The Institute brings together a range of universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK’s digital skills gaps.
The Institute’s vision is to enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner, and ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This unique and innovative collaboration has been made possible with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and match funding from universities and industry partners. The Institute of Coding will develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK. It will develop accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals in a wide range of sectors, as well as working to widen the participation of women, returners to work and hard to reach groups.
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