GCU to host Scotland's first cyber security residential

07 June 2016

Those chosen to attend the course can apply for one of the new CyberFirst Student Bursaries.

Those chosen to attend the course can apply for one of the new CyberFirst Student Bursaries.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the first in Scotland to secure a three-week cyber security residential programme for 18 year olds.

The CyberFirst programme will be offered in partnership with GCHQ, one of the world’s leading cyber-security organisations, and will be open to those ready to start university to study a science, technology, engineering, maths or social science subject either in autumn this year, or in autumn 2017 after a gap year.

Only 30 places are being offered for the free-to-attend GCU residential, which will take place between July 4-22.

Those chosen to attend the course can apply for one of the new CyberFirst Student Bursaries to support their university studies - £4,000 per year for every year of their course.

Dr Jackie Riley, Assistant Head of Department within GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “This programme is a fantastic opportunity for any student ready to start university in September on a STEM subject degree.

“Not only will they experience how all aspects of STEM can fit into cyber security, but they will also be eligible to apply for a CyberFirst bursary – a boost to any full-time student, taking the pressure off of needing a part-time job while studying. This is an opportunity not to be missed and the door to a career in cyber security, which they may never have considered, will be opened.”

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