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BCS launches Turing bursary

Funding for schools and universities to promote computer science as a discipline

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has launched a £30,000 bursary to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary year.

The BCS Education Bursary aims to promote the importance of computer science as an academic discipline.

Alan Turing, known as the founding father of computer science, was born 100 years ago in 1912.

Schools, colleges and universities in the UK will be able to apply for funds of either £500 or £1,000 each, to help them deliver computing-related projects, such as after-school clubs or training events for teachers.

At the BETT show in January, education minister Michael Gove announced that the existing National Curriculum Programme of Study for ICT would be withdrawn from September 2012. The aim is to replace it with a curriculum with more "rigorous computer science".

The BCS said that the bursary is one of a number of initiatives it is working on to support schools that want to teach computer science. It also recently announced plans to set up a computer science teaching network of schools and universities.

Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, said: "In the same way students have the opportunity to learn physics, chemistry and biology, we should offer every student the opportunity to learn the workings of the digital systems that pervade their world. The UK has a great history of innovation, it is important we continue to nurture talent and give people the right opportunities to create."

Educational institutions can apply for the bursary via an online application form, providing details of their proposed project and measurements for its success.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2012.

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