18/07/2013

Ulster Uni To Deliver £360k Scheme For Disadvantaged Communities

The University of Ulster has announced it will deliver a £360,000 widening access project to with some of Coleraine’s most disadvantaged communities.

Funded by the Department for Social Development, the IM HAPPY* project will work with communities in Coleraine Churchland (Killowen and Heights) and Coleraine East (Ballysally and Millburn) to raise aspirations and build community confidence and capability in the areas through participation in computer-based activities such as app development.

The IM HAPPY project (IMproving Hopes, Aspirations, Potential and Prospects in Youth) will run until spring 2015.
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The project team has identified a programme of bite-sized computer-based activities to provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills and abilities using up-to-date tools and technologies.

Martin McKinney, the Head of School of Computing & Information Engineering has assembled an experienced team to plan and deliver the project.

He said: "My team is excited about this project's potential to contribute to the University’s widening access agenda, as well as making a significant contribution to 'town and gown' relations in the area. This project will help produce a better-educated local workforce – which in turn could prove a catalyst for attracting investment in high tech jobs to the area."

The DSD funding will provide support for dedicated staff and equipment to facilitate the programme of activities.

(IT/CD)

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