The University of Bristol has secured a substantial grant to develop new courses in cloud computing, allowing students to gain required the digital skills.
Worth £200,000, the new online teaching material will educate people on cloud computing and big data analytics, the study of vast amounts of data to reveal hidden patterns, correlations and other insights.
The university students as well as the external people who are interested in learning more can access the materials. The grant aims to help provide students from a range of backgrounds and subjects of study to secure the required digital skills for computer-based work in several fields.
University of Bristol professor of computer science will lead the project, which will focus on the development of the digital technologies of the future. Furthermore, a joint project between the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth has also secured a £200,000 grant to increase the number of trained composites scientists and engineers.
The £400,000 funding was awarded from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund, in response to a call for proposals intended at Closing the Skills Gap. The programme has awarded £6.1m in total to universities and colleges throughout the UK to improve graduate outcomes and employability and upskill the workforce. It aims to provide the key skills that are required for the industry and employers, and contribute to UK productivity in the longer period.
In March 2016, University of Bristol revealed that a consortium has been awarded €6.4m to develop a new type of cloud computing server. The university’s engineers are part of the dReDBox consortium that will work on the three-year project, funded via the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The new dReDBox design seeks to shift the existing server-as-the-unit model to a pooled-computing model. It will allow an arbitrary sizing of disaggregated IT resources, locating them where and when needed, to match cloud user requirements. dReDBox plans to change cloud to new efficiency levels and reduce electric power consumption by about 20%.