Critical Friends

Critical Friends

Connecting lecturers teaching the future employees of the industry, to the industry.

We need you

To forge new links between academia and industry and discuss curriculum, teaching practices, industry current practice and future trends of the industry to shape and create college and university graduates with the required skills for our challenging and fast-paced industry.


The story so far

Over the last year 9 senior individuals from the industry have become guides to industry current practice for 9 lecturers across Scotland.

Our pairs have met over coffee and exchanged emails to discuss a wider range of topics from future trends in the computing industry to real world examples of technical and infrastructure challenges and how to meet them.

Industry representatives have also helped to shape new HNC and HND modules, interviews students for internships and gave guest lectures. Lecturers have made connections with industry and visited their match’s place of work to meet their teams and observe how they work.

Academia


What is the ‘Critical Friends’ programme?

Through the programme we will connect you with an individual from industry to help you to gain insight into current industry practice and keep curriculum up to date so that students have the skills they need to meet the rapidly growing and changing skills requirements of the industry.


Who can take part?

College or university lecturers or curriculum managers who are working on HN or Undergraduate level courses in computing science, cyber or software development.


What is the time commitment?

3 to 4 working days over the course of 12 months. The programme is designed to be flexible so it is up to you and your industry friend to decide how frequently you interact.


What happens during the programme?

You will meet with your match at least twice over a 12 month period and keep in touch through email or phone conversations. You can invite your industry friend to observe one of your lectures and meet your students. You may also be invited to visit your match’s place of work to meet their team and gain insight into how they work.


How you can get involved?

To find out more about the ‘Critical Friends’ programme contact Nicole Johnston, Project Assistant by email: Nicole.Johnston@scotlandis.com

Industry


What is the ‘Critical Friends’ programme?

Through the programme we will connect you with a lecturer or curriculum manager from a college or university whose focus is on HN or Undergraduate level courses in computing science, cyber or software development.

You will have the opportunity to share industry current practice and influence curriculum to ensure that students have the skills they need to meet the rapidly growing and changing requirements of the industry.


Who can take part?

The programme is aimed at senior members of staff within digital technology companies. In the past year we have had CEOs, CTOs, Development Managers and Engineering Managers taking part in the programme.


What is the time commitment?

3 – 4 working days over the course of 12 months. The programme is designed to be flexible so it is up to you and your match to decide how frequently you interact


What happens during the programme?

You will meet with your match at least twice over a 12 month period and keep in touch through email or phone conversations. You can invite your match to visit your place of work to meet your team and gain insight into how they work. You may also be invited to observe a lecture and speak to students.


How you can get involved?

To find out more about the ‘Critical Friends’ programme contact Nicole Johnston, Project Assistant by email: Nicole.Johnston@scotlandis.com

Our mission for 2019

For 2019 we’re focussing on the following four priorities

  1. Continuing professional development (CPD) for lecturers.
  2. Curriculum development.
  3. Support for students.
  4. Careers and employability.

The Digital Skills Partnership is beginning to make a real difference, with new partnerships being formed between colleges and universities, and between academia and industry. Industry is already committing resources and support in a variety of ways n a variety of ways.

Join us in developing the next generation of digital technology talent.

To find out more about the Digital Skills Partnership and how we can support you in your teaching, contact Lesley Broadwood, Project Development Manager by email: Lesley.broadwood@scotlandis.com

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