The University of Lincoln has been awarded a share of £6.1 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop new and enhanced higher education courses through the Catalyst Fund programme. Academics and employers across a range of sectors will be working together to develop an innovative, stimulating, and multidisciplinary curriculum across the University to enable our graduates to take full advantage of the huge opportunities and challenges provided by digitalisation that are key to the improvement of UK industrial productivity.
In addition, there will be a new Digitalisation element to the University’s Lincoln Award scheme; an employability framework designed to support, enhance, and recognise extracurricular activity. This new component will provide a number of training courses focusing on all aspects of the Digitalisation skills set. Courses will be available to all students, from all disciplines.
Find out more about the project and get involved by visiting the dedicated blog site.
Society is in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution and those economies which thrive in the 21st Century will be those that embrace digitally enabled technologies, such as robotics, machine learning, the Internet of Things and big data analytics. Lincolnshire is in prime position to build on its strengths in sectors such as food and farming, engineering and tourism – if we can establish the infrastructure needed to realise the full potential of digital to enhance productivity and deliver real innovation. Digital literacy of the current and future workforce will be a crucial component and this project directly addresses that need, working hand-in-hand with employers.
Professor Libby John, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science