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Gloucestershire College announces partnership with UWE to deliver new cyber degrees in Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 14:59 11 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 June 2019

Prof Steve West from UWE and Matthew Burgess from Gloucestershire College (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

Prof Steve West from UWE and Matthew Burgess from Gloucestershire College (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

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Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol are working together to provide businesses and local students with access to first class cyber training - and will host for joint event aimed at local businesses who would like to find out more about the cyber partnership

Gloucestershire College (GC) has announced an exciting venture with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to offer new cyber degrees in Cheltenham from September 2020. The strengthened partnership will expand computing and cyber security courses offered locally through a dedicated cyber training facility at GC's Cheltenham campus. This builds on the recent announcement of over £2million of investment in cyber training facilities at the campus through the Government's Institute of Technology programme.

GC and UWE Bristol are working together to provide businesses and local students with access to first class cyber training, and cutting edge information security solutions to support Cheltenham Borough Council's aim to make Cheltenham the cyber capital of the UK.

Matt Burgess, Principal of GC and Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of UWE Bristol will hold a joint event in July: 'Developing Cheltenham's future cyber generation', to be held at Gloucestershire College's Cheltenham Campus. Held on July 9, the business breakfast will begin at 8.45am when a cooked breakfast will be served, with talks beginning at 9.30am followed by a Q&A session, and ending at 11.30am.

Local businesses are invited to find out more about the cyber partnership, and the event is also supported by senior speakers from NCSC - the National Cyber Security Centre - part of GCHQ, and BAE Systems. They will discuss their initiatives to widen access to cyber training opportunities - vital to growing our cyber workforce, and the importance of future proofing your workforce, regardless of industry or business size.

As plans develop for the future of the proposed Cyber Innovation Centre in Cheltenham, Tim Atkins will stress the importance of maximising a strong cyber skills base in Cheltenham, and how this could impact on our county's economic and strategic profile, both regionally and nationally.

Matt Burgess, Principal of GC, commented: "Recognising the national shortage in cyber skills we were keen to identify a partner with the academic rigour and research credibility in this field, so we are delighted that with UWE a range of programmes including degrees will be available from 2020.

"We are excited to host a business forum event in association with the University of the West of England and discuss the plans for establishing a centre of excellence for cyber training in Cheltenham with the businesses that will benefit from it."

Professor Steve West, VC at UWE agreed: "We are looking forward to speaking to local businesses about the advances of cyber development within the workplace, and how we can develop current workforces, as well as educate the next cyber generation. We are delighted to extend our degree offering for local Gloucestershire students at Gloucestershire College's Cheltenham Campus. This is particularly significant at a time when strategically, Cheltenham is establishing itself as the cyber capital of the UK."

To book your free place at this event, visit cyber-in-cheltenham.eventbrite.co.uk.

Seats will be limited and we strongly advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

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