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University launches new computing and technology suite

A new technology suite offering state-of-the-art facilities for computing, gaming and cyber security education and research will be officially opened at the University of Gloucestershire today (Thursday, 24 September).

The facilities will include a new High Performance Computing cluster, a highly secure research and training suite, and a cyber ‘dirty lab’, which can allow sensitive product testing, recreate viruses and attacks from hackers in a secure environment.

New students starting their courses this month will benefit from the new facilities, which the University aims to grow to become a major hub for higher education courses and research in computing, gaming and cyber security.

The new suite is one part of a wider programme by the University to develop computing and technology, building on our existing education programmes and services to business. This year we are introducing a new Higher Education level apprenticeship in Cyber Security. We are working with GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to build up computing as one element of the Berkeley GREEN development. And it was recently announced that we will be working with the National Cyber Skills Centre to deliver cyber security training for businesses.

Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of the School of Computing and Technology, said: “We are delighted by the high quality of our new learning space. The new facilities will enable the University to increase the supply of skills in computing and information technology at all levels, in order to meet employers’ increasing needs to recruit staff with those skills and qualifications.”

In addition the University has also launched the Institute of Cyber and Risk Management (ICRM), which will focus on applied research to inform teaching and work with business on enterprise and knowledge exchange projects.