USW announces cyber training bursaries

The University of South Wales is offering bursaries to graduates who want to retrain as cybersecurity specialists.

It’s the only Welsh university to run a GCHQ computer forensics master’s degree, and graduates of all disciplines are being encouraged to apply for the course.

This news comes as the UK Government recently launched the National Cyber Security Programme and invested £1.9 billion of funding in the country’s cyber infrastructure.

The Cyber Security Apprenticeships for Critical Sectors Scheme is a big part of the programme, providing grants of £4,000 to students looking to apply for a relevant degree.

As well as this, the government is offering 1,250 free places on the CyberFirst scheme – along with the CyberFirst Girls Competition for teams of 12-to-14-year-olds.

Students taking part on the full-time computer forensics course at USW will cover areas such as crime investigation, forensics techniques, data recovery, network security and security management, incident management and response, and project management.

Andy Bellamy, who leads the course, said it’s vital that the government and industry continue to encourage graduates to develop careers in the cyber security sector.

“We are delighted that we are have been allocated some of the DCMS bursary fund to attract graduates from outside the cyber security world to study at USW,” he said.

“The Government – through its National Cyber Security Programme – continues to recognise the importance of training people in vital cyber skills, as the world of technology continues to advance at an increasing rapid pace, with the associated security challenges.”

He added: “USW has been continually recognised as a leader in cyber training. Our GCHQ accreditation shows our excellence, while the industry partnerships we have built, especially through the Newport-based National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA), have helped us improve our knowledge of the challenges that businesses operating in the real world face.

“We are also recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the National Police Chiefs Council. Graduates who are not currently working in cyber will get the full training needed to operate in the sector, and the wider skills needed to secure a job in the profession.”