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Schools and colleges engagement

The Department of Computer Science at the University of York has a dedicated schools engagement and outreach programme that aims to engage young people of all ages with computing-based activities. These are offered by members of the department alongside our schools outreach partners. We also offer Computer Science-based work placement opportunities, and provide support for teachers in partnership with the National Centre for Computing Education.

National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE)

The Department of Computer Science is the Yorkshire and The Humber Regional Delivery Partner for the National Centre for Computing Education
The vision for the NCCE is for every child in every school in England to have a world-leading computing education. 
A consortium made up of STEM Learning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, are establishing the National Centre for Computing Education as a one-stop shop for computing education providing leadership, expertise, evidence-based interventions; free, quality-assured curriculum linked resources and online CPD." 

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Outreach and widening participation

The Department provides opportunities to engage in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it, including activities for teachers in primary and secondary schools to help them encourage their pupils in pursuing a career in computing.

There are opportunities for school groups to visit the University to see some of the research activity that takes place in Computer Science, and members of the department go out to run activities in schools and at organised external events.


We host a range of events on campus to engage with schools throughout the year. 

For Year 12 students, we offer Headstart - a week-long summer school which is an exciting opportunity for students interested in studying computer science or electronics at York. More information

Contact details

For general enquiries relating to school visits or work with students at Key Stage 3 and above, please contact:

Dr Lilian Blot
Schools Engagement and Outreach Officer for Computer Science
01904 325462

For general enquiries relating to the regional NCCE programme of support, please contact: 
Luiza Kettlewell 
Project Coordinator 
01904 325403

Paul Willcox
Primary Delivery Coordinator
01904 325470

Daniel Toms
Secondary Delivery Coordinator
01904 325591

Dr Christopher Power
Regional Lead
01904 322523