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Government to Lead Review into Computer Science Degrees

The government is set to launch an independent review into the computer science degree accreditation to improve the quality and graduate employability.

The review will be part of a wider review into a science, technology, engineering and maths degree accreditation, following on from figures showing that science graduates have the highest unemployment rates of any subject area, despite the continued growth of the tech sector.

The review was announced by the government as part of its £6bn Science and Innovation Strategy.

The government said: "Our science and innovation can only be as good as the people that it can attract, educate, train and retain.

"We set out here a range of measures which will develop and support the brightest minds through the pipeline from primary and secondary school, further and vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate study, and training into the workplace."

There have been many responses to the report, particularly from members of the Tech Partnership, which is a network of employers collaborating to accelerate the growth of the digital economy.

Susan Cooklin, CIO of Network Rail said: "Good graduates are the lifeblood of our business.

"We need many more bright, motivated students with three core capabilities: relevant technical knowledge, an understanding of business, and the interpersonal skills to work successfully with others."

The Digital Youth Council has stated that in order to equip students with vital digital skills, teachers need more training and resources.

Research from the council showed that pupils aged 9-17 said teachers recognised the importance of making digital part of their lessons, but complained that unreliable equipment and lack of training were deterring many from embracing new approaches.

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