Bletchley Park Could Open as a Free Cybersecurity College in 2018

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Middle-aged people in suits who keep moaning about how kids are always on their computers instead of hanging around on street corners, yet also want youngsters to spend even more time online because of the UK’s digital skills gap, have finally shown that they’re willing to actually do something.

Bletchley Park -- the famous central site of code-deciphering projects during World War II, and where computer scientist Alan Turing made his name -- looks set to play host to a new cybersecurity college for 16-19-year-olds. The college is being planned by Qufaro, a not-for-profit group set up by a number of cybersecurity firms, and is intended to open in 2018.

“Only the most talented and skilled students” will be selected for attendance, with maths, computing and physics on the curriculum. As will be the case at the Dyson Institute of Technology, students won’t be charged tuition fees either.

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“Our cyber education and innovation landscape is complex, disconnected and incomplete putting us at risk of losing a whole generation of critical talent,” said Alastair MacWilson, the chair of Qufaro and the Institute of Information Security Professionals.

“For those interested in forging a career in cyber, the current pathway is filled with excellent but disparate initiatives -- each playing a vital role without offering a truly unified ecosystem of learning and support. By connecting what already exists and filling the gaps, Qufaro will make it easier for budding professionals to grow their cyber security skills at every stage of their journey, and contribute more to the sector as a result.”

The project will involve a £5 million restoration of Bletchley Park’s G-Block, which was built in 1943. [BBC]

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