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DigiTay: Education

DigiTay has allocated over £400,000, over the next two years, to developing innovative, industry led curriculum development, creating an unrivalled talent pool across the region.


How we will achieve this?

  • Work together to develop curriculum across technology areas; Software Development, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Gaming, User Interaction, Human Centred Interaction, sharing resources and curriculum between centres.
  • Key centres of excellence established at universities with clear defined curriculum pathways from colleges and schools
  • Promotion of pathways across the region with clear articulation routes from colleges to universities

DigiTay: Colleges

Launched in October, a specific Professional Development Programme has been co-designed for college lecturers and teaching staff to stay up to date with the latest technological advancements and integrate them into the college curriculum.
As part of the Professional Learning Programme, college staff at Borders, Dundee & Angus, Edinburgh, Fife, Perth, and West Lothian Colleges will develop new skills and enhance the existing curriculum by participating in digital and data skills sessions.

“Together, Data Skills Gateway and the Tay Cities Digital Skills programme are driving innovation in education, equipping college staff to shape tomorrow’s curriculum.”

David Hiddleston, Programme Manager for Data Education in Colleges

The Professional Learning Programme

The Professional Learning Programme aims to: 

  • Develop new skills and enhance the existing curriculum by facilitating digital and data training for college staff training across the Borders, Dundee and Angus, Edinburgh, Fife, Perth and West Lothian Colleges.
  • Help both Edinburgh & South East Scotland and Tayside become more competitive by facilitating the delivery of higher-level digital and data skills to students, individuals, and businesses.

What will the PLP do?

The PLP programme will provide in-person and online workshops to staff, where colleagues from all colleges can work together to develop skills for their existing and new curriculum provision, incorporating digital and data skills.

The workshops will:

  • Provide staff with the opportunity to enhance their digital and data literacy skills.
  • Enable colleagues to integrate digital and data skills into their existing activities. including the latest advancements in AI, cybersecurity, data analysis, data visualization, data security, statistical analysis, and/or data storytelling.
  • Allow staff to share best practices across different curriculum areas such as Creative Industries, Computer Science, Engineering, Health & Social Care, and Sport & Fitness.

Example workshops:

  • Professional Development Award (PDA) in Data Science
  • AI in Education
  • Introduction to Power BI
  • Effective Teaching Practices – Python
  • Professional Development Award (PDA) in Technology Enabled Care
  • Data analysis in Sport Science

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DigiTay: Universities

With established centres of excellence in our universities, the DigiTay region has a long standing reputation for, creating disruptive innovations in the tech sector.

Abertay University, a recognised UK leader for research and teaching in ethical hacking, together with the University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science provide a nucleus for a cluster of expertise in cyber security and digital forensics. St Andrews University ranked 3rd for CS in the UK is also a pioneer in AI and Human computer research.