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Digital academy expands to the Highlands


CodeClan, Scotland’s only accredited academy for soft- ware and web development, is expanding into the Highlands. Fifteen students will get the opportunity to learn to code software in an intensive 12-week course when CodeClan Highland Academy begins in the spring of next year. It will provide industry-led training for a new generation


of software and web developers and will help attract and retain young people in the Highlands, create high-value jobs, and ensure businesses have access to skilled people to help innovate and improve their competitive- ness. Te academy will be managed


by Highlands and Islands Enter- prise (HIE) as part of the North- ern Innovation Hub on behalf


of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal Partnership. “CodeClan has seen success


in central Scotland and it is time to engage with other parts of Scotland,” said its chief execu- tive Melinda Matthews-Clarkson. “We are also launching our new partner programme to better service the needs of the tech in- dustry, helping address the digi- tal skills gap across Scotland.”


Flourishing in the data-driven economy


humans, the impact this technol- ogy has had on industry and the increasing blurring of the boundaries between human and machine,” said a spokesperson. Te exhibition shows the


impact robots have already had on our world from fashion to architecture and even social care. Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine gives a comprehensive look at the cur- rent state of robotics and provides a vision of the future.


A major initiative has been launched by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University that includes plans to improve digital skills across south east Scotland. Te new venture is set to transform Edinburgh and its surrounding area into the data capital of Europe. Te £661m Data-Driven In-


novation Initiative (DDI) is a key part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, announced earlier this year. It aims to train 100,000 people in data skills over the next decade, from computer science specialists to tra- ditional jobs that will increasingly use data. Te City Region Deal aims to drive growth for everyone across the area and includes investment


in transport, housing, culture and skills and employability. Edinburgh University’s Senior


Vice-Principal Charlie Jeffrey said: “Our strengths in data science have been driving innovation in the pub- lic and private sectors for the past decade and more, through our re- search and the skills our graduates bring into the regional economy. “Te City Region Deal gives


us the capacity to do much more across a wider range of sectors, including healthcare, robotics and fintech. But perhaps the most im- portant part of the Deal is our com- mitment to ensure people in the region can build the skills to flour- ish in the data-driven economy.” Since the Deal was signed in August, the DDI has supported


a number of collaborations with regional partners. In September, an internet of things workshop was delivered for staff and pupils at Newbattle High School in Midlothian and a graduate ap- prenticeship in data science was launched in conjunction with accounting and business services firm PwC. More recently, Royal Bank of Scotland opened a data innovation research unit in the University’s new Bayes Centre, to work with analytics experts and improve customer experience. Te region’s supercomputing


capabilities will also be strength- ened with investment in a data analysis facility, which will help 1,000 organisations use data to innovate within their sectors.


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