White, Susan A and Irons, Alastair
The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective.
In, Informatics Education Europe, Montpellier, France,
10 - 09 Nov 2006.
HEA-ICS, University of Ulster.
The term Informatics is not widely used in UK Higher Education. Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are more commonly used descriptors and many other variations exist. Approximately five percent of departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, whilst UCAS, the UK organisation which centrally manages university undergraduate applications, does not include Informatics in its subject index. However the various fields of study encompassed by the European instantiations of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to successfully pursue international collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It offers an analysis of current practice alongside speculation as to the future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term.
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