SICSA now advertising for Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director

The SICSA Directors would like to invite suitable candidates from any SICSA institution to submit an application for the role of Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director.

SICSA has a strong Knowledge Exchange programme, aiming to exploit and enhance the research capabilities and reputation of Scottish Universities, by assisting researchers at all levels in making a greater economic and social impact. The SICSA KE activities are coordinated by the SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director, with support from the SICSA Executive.

The SICSA Director for Knowledge Exchange and Impact / SICSA Deputy Director role is part-time, taking approximately 20% of the working week.

Applications are sought from suitable candidates working at any SICSA institution.

The Closing Date for applications is 1st February 2019. 

For more details and to apply, please visit Vacancies.

NCSC Certifies Edinburgh Napier University Degree

Edinburgh Napier University’s BEng (Hons) in Cybersecurity and Forensics has become the first undergraduate course in the UK to be fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), whose parent organisation is GCHQ.

The BEng course helps meet the UK’s growing demand for security engineers by adding specialist knowledge of digital forensics, data security and software development to undergraduates’ general computing skills and network knowledge.

You can read the full story at Edinburgh Napier University news.

Tay Cities Deal to Benefit SICSA Universities

The Tay Cities Deal was formally signed on Thursday 22nd November in Perth, confirming millions of Pounds of investment to the area.  It is expected that the Deal will create over 6000 jobs across Tayside and Fife.

The deal will include direct benefits for SICSA-member institutions, including an investment of over £26m to the University of St Andrews for transformative infrastructure works at the Eden Campus project at Guardbridge.

There will also be a significant investment into Strengthening Cyber Resilience and Developing Digital Forensics, including:

  • £6 million from the Scottish Government and £5.7 million from the UK Government for the development of the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.
  • The “Cyber Quarter” would be a cluster of academic-commercial activity, providing a co-location space for academia and industry, expertise in applied research and access to a range of public sector support located within the Tay Cities region.  The project will capitalise on the existing expertise of Abertay University in ethical hacking.
  • £15 million from the UK Government to establish the country’s first Forensic Science Research Centre. Aims to “drive industrial partnership, invest in an Innovation Cluster Development alongside the University of Abertay’s Cyber Quarter working with SMEs and start-ups to exploit new intellectual property and to enter new markets facilitated by the Forensic Science Catapult Centre and build a world-leading vibrant culture of Innovation, Communication and Economy at the University of Dundee.

You can read more about the Tay Cities Deal at The Courier.

SICSA PhD Conference 2019: Now recruiting student organising committee members

We are very pleased to announce that the 2019 SICSA PhD Conference will take place on 18th & 19th June 2019 at the University of Stirling.

Following an extremely successful Conference earlier this year at RGU we are now making plans for next year’s event.  As always, the SICSA PhD Conference next year will be put together by a hard-working group of student volunteers and we are now recruiting for the next organising committee.  If you are a PhD student in Informatics/Computer Science, working in a SICSA institution you are eligible to apply to be part of the committee.

Being part of the SICSA Conference Organising Committee can be an immensely rewarding experience – you will have the opportunity to work closely with PhD students and academics from around Scotland, gain experience of all aspects of organising a high profile academic event and contribute to the success of a conference that is becoming more popular year upon year.   This is also a great addition to your CV.

To apply for this exciting opportunity please complete the short Application Form and return to by 22 November 2018

DemoFest 2018: Bringing Research to Life – Register Now!

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its eleventh year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities.  

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DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge research taking place in Scottish universities. There are 52 research and technology demonstrations at this year’s event and already over 300 delegates registered from academia, industry and the public sector.

Our exhibitors will talk about their research, tell you why it’s important to your organisation, and demonstrate their technology working in real-time.  The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations, business opportunities, internships, employment opportunities and much more.

The 2018 event will feature: 

  • Welcome from Polly Purvis, OBE, CEO ScotlandIS
  • Keynote talk from Ali Shah, Head of Emerging Technology & Strategic Direction at the BBC
  • Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox
  • Exhibition hall with 52 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities
  • Event Partner Exhibitions


Please register now to avoid disappointment as spaces are filling up fast.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by:

New action plan to boost Scotland’s Cyber Security industry

A new action plan will encourage the growth of innovative Scottish cyber security research to deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.

The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will work with key partners to ensure Scotland fully exploits the economic growth opportunities of the increasing demand for cyber security goods.

Scottish Enterprise will receive just over £1 million to drive growth in the cyber security industry, including £370,000 for the creation of a cluster management organisation, £500,000 for a Cyber Essentials voucher scheme for small and medium-sized third and private sector organisations and £250,000 to stimulate cyber-specific innovation.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay said:

“The Cyber Resilience Economic Opportunity Action Plan sets out the key practical steps the Scottish Government and key partners will take collectively to support the growth of Scotland’s cyber security firms. It aims to encourage the development of innovative cyber security research and deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.

“As the cyber threat increases, demand for cyber security goods and service increases. There is an opportunity for Scotland’s cyber security businesses to reap the benefits of this growing demand.”

David Smith, Director of Technology, Engineering and Construction at Scottish Enterprise, said:

“I’m delighted that through this plan we’re recognising the contribution that cyber security can make to our digital economy, and I’m looking forward to working with our partners to support the growth of the cyber security cluster in Scotland.”


CENSIS 5th Technology Summit – Registration Open

CENSIS 5th Technology Summit, 8 November 2018

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland G2 3NY

09:00 – 17:00, followed by a drinks reception

CENSIS is Scotland’s centre of excellence for Sensor Systems and the Internet of Things. Now in its fifth year, the Technology Summit attracts hundreds of delegates for a day of presentations, exhibitions, discussion and networking. Register to explore this year’s theme of ‘disruption and disruptive technologies in sensor systems and IoT’.

  • Hear from challenge providers.
  • Listen to use cases and business case for new IoT and sensor-based models for economic growth.
  • Meet exhibitors from industry and academia showcasing new technologies.
  • Network and connect with key business people and researchers.

This year’s keynote speaker is Hugo Fiennes, CEO of Electric Imp. Hugo’s stellar career includes time at Apple where he was the hardware lead for the first four generations of the iconic iPhone. He also helped build the Nest thermostat. It was during his time at Nest that Hugo realised connected devices were going to change the world for the better, but only if they were secure, maintainable, and flexible, and so Electric Imp was born.

Free to attend. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities available.


SICSA Funding Call – various opportunities available

We are now accepting applications for funding for a number of SICSA programmes.  These calls are open to all those working within SICSA member-institutions (14 CS Departments/Schools in Scotland).

  1. Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges: Funding up to £7.5K to visit Universities in Europe (inc. UK), North America, China and India.  Closing Date: 30th June. More info and to apply:

  2. Distinguished Visitor Fellowships: Host a visitor from another University.  Typically funding of up to £3-4K available. Closing Date: 30th June. More info and to apply:

  3. Summer School Sponsorship: Funding towards the costs of organising a Summer School – Typically £3-4K available.  Closing Date 30th June.  More info and to apply:

  4. Cyber Nexus Programmes: A range of funding available for researchers working in Cyber Security.  More info and to apply:

  5. DemoFest: Spaces are still available to exhibit your research at DemoFest 2018  Simply complete the registration form before 28th June at:

#BuildtheBBC Event – Glasgow

From the people who brought you previous #BuildTheBBC events across London and Salford, comes an evening of tech talks focussed on the teams in Glasgow and their challenges and how they deliver their products to the nation. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about the work the teams create for the BBC from the amazing Pacific Quay office; and the challenges that the BBC Design + Engineering department face.

The evening will consist of talks from the BBC Design + Engineering teams in Glasgow along with food/refreshments and the chance to network. You’ll hear from PlatformVoice and Education.

The talks will take place at BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow on 11th June from 17.30-21.00.

Information and Sign up here:

Now recruiting for HCI and AI Theme Leadership roles

Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Research Theme Leader.  There are two positions available:

  1. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Artificial Intelligence
  2. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Human Computer Interaction

The roles both commence on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.

For more information on the roles and to apply, please download the documentation below.

Theme Leaders Role Description

Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders

Closing Date: 30th June 2018