UK Government launches fund to help higher education develop cyber-security courses

The UK government has announced at the Financial Times Cyber Security Summit a £500,000 fund to help universities and colleges develop innovative teaching and learning to provide the cyber security skills needed to protect the UK now and in the future.

Academic institutions can apply for up to £80,000, which must be match-funded by the institution and must generate real-world impact across the discipline. The new fund will ensure higher education students get high quality, innovative teaching giving them the skills to protect UK businesses and Government against cyber-attacks.

Read the full article here.


DHI Event – A Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology and Services

The Scottish Ecosystem, formed by Digital Health & Care Institute, The Alliance, Joint Improvement Team, eHealth, NHS, NHS24 and SCTT, are delighted to invite participants to attend A Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology and Services, aimed at leaders from industry, academia and health and social care in Scotland.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 (Morning and Afternoon Sessions Available) at Citizen M hotel, Glasgow.

Why dementia?
The number of people who are diagnosed with dementia is steadily increasing – from 815,827 people in 2013 living with dementia in the UK to an expected 1,000,000 people with dementia by 2025 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013) – meaning careful planning and preparation for the future is vital to ensure the correct care and support is provided in future years.

Our model of care for people with dementia and their carers has not significantly changed for many years, and with an increasing need for improvement in this area, the Digital Health & Care Institute & The Scottish Ecosystem is committed to providing the opportunities required to help better the technology and services available to those living with dementia and those who care for them.

Event Aims:
We are looking to:
• Contribute to improvements in dementia technology and services in Scotland
• Explore business opportunities with others to deliver these improvements
• Improve the understanding of dementia and the daily challenges that are faced
• Improve the understanding of the position of carers of people with dementia – whether it be nurses or family members themselves
• Showcase technologies and services already available within dementia care and identify possible opportunities
• Provide a networking opportunity

This event is aimed to help the understanding of both living with dementia and living with someone with dementia, and how new technologies and services can be utilised to better the care we can provide, as well as break-out sessions to generate new ideas. Click here to view the full event programme and workshop sessions.

Register to attend

Please note that numbers for this event are limited. If you are interested in attending email to reserve your place today

For further information and how to register please visit

Call open for SICSA Pools Engagement in European Research Support (PEER)

SICSA is able to provide up to £10K support for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences at SICSA institutions to boost participation in European projects.  We support proposals from all Scotland-based Computing academics to establish network connections, showcasing their skills and capabilities in participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation.

For more information, please see our Pools Engagement in European Research Support (PEER) web page.

Call for SICSA short-themes open

As SICSA develops, we need to adapt to changes in technology, theory, funding opportunities and the interests of the SICSA academic communities. As such we have allocated funding for a number of new SICSA short-themes, which will run for an initial period of 12 months. A total of £8000 has been allocated for the new SICSA short-themes and the SICSA Directors aim to grant this as flexibly as possible, according to the volume and quality of applications received.

For this call we invite researchers working within the following areas to submit a short proposal to by no later than Monday 12th October 2015:

• Data Science
• Smart Tourism
• Cyber-Security
• Cyber-Physical Systems
• Social Computation (e.g. Social Collective Intelligence, Collective Awareness Platforms, Collective Adaptive Systems)

This is not meant as an exhaustive list and the SICSA Directors agree to demonstrate flexibility as long as the questions below are fully answered within the proposal.

All proposals should cover the following topics:
1. Who is involved? The names and affiliations of the proposers, with a brief description of their background in the proposed area.
2. What will be done? A summary of the planned events, which academics, research groups and user groups will be involved within SICSA and from outside Scotland. Provide names of potential Distinguished Visiting Fellows who could contribute to the Theme. Document the world-class track record of the key SICSA groups cognate to the proposed area. Please note, that all planned activities must take place within the 12 month period if the proposal is accepted.
3. Why now? What is the opportunity being addressed? Is this an intellectual opportunity, as a new topic is emerging? Is it a funding opportunity where government, commercial or research council priorities are changing and SICSA institutions need to better understand how their research strengths can play a role?
4. What outcomes do you plan to achieve beyond the research meetings? (e.g. Joint papers, grant proposals, technical implementations, government policy changes etc.). Note that we can potentially also provide top-up funding from our PEER programme if proposers are working towards an EC funding bid.
5. Please provide an approximate budget for the short-theme over 12-months. Note that theme funding can only be used to pay for: workshop venue and catering; travel for external speakers to participate in workshops; travel for workshop organisers. In some circumstances, funding can be used for consumables but these would need to be justified within the proposal.

Please submit the proposal by 5pm on 12th October 2015 to If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail Stuart Anderson (SICSA Director) It should be noted that there may be scope for proposals to be refined, especially if there are multiple bids in related areas.

DEMOfest 2015: Final extended deadline for applications to exhibit your research

The deadline to apply to exhibit your research at DEMOfest 2015 has been extended to 23rd September 2015 with decisions being communicated by 25 September 2015.  The event will take place in the evening of Thursday 19th November at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh.

SICSA DEMOfest is a fantastic opportunity for academic staff and researchers to exhibit your research to around 200 guests from industry, business and academic colleagues from other Scottish universities.

The themes for this year’s event are:

  • Data Science and Digital Technologies
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensors and Imaging
  • Future Cities and Smart Tourism

If your current research fits the above criteria I would strongly encourage you to be a part of this growing event by applying to exhibit your research at the Survey Gizmo web-site.

You can find out more information on the DEMOfest web-site where you can also find show reels and photographs from previous year’s events or alternatively you can email us at if you have a specific question you would like to ask

SICSA Elevate Entrepreneurs face off in pitching competition

A student-developed app which aims to help users broaden their social or professional circles has taken the top prize in a University of Glasgow technology-pitching competition.

Three teams of students competed against each other in a Dragon’s Den-style event on Thursday 3 September, pitching their ideas for businesses to a panel of judges which included successful Scottish entrepreneurs and early-stage investors.

The winning app, NomYap, was developed by students Omar Tufayl and Justinas Bikulcius, who each received Nexus 5 phones as prizes.

The event was the culmination of the SICSA Elevate Business Accelerator Programme, which was hosted this year by the University of Glasgow.  The programme provides student entrepreneurs with 12-weeks of business training, mentoring and support.

Jill Ramsay, Business Development Manager at the School of Computing Science, organised the event. She said: “We were really impressed by the high quality of the pitches put forward by each of the teams.The participants have worked hard to develop and hone their ideas and apply their technical sklls to generate business ideas with lots of potential to be very successful. I’d like to congratulate Omar and Justinas on their achievement and wish all three teams success in the future for their ideas.”

NomYap is a social app bringing people together who don’t know each other.

It enables people looking to broaden their social or professional circles to meet and eat by sharing details of their interests, location and availability through the app.

The app will be marketed to students in the first instance as large, rich and diverse communities with a shared location. The app will be monetised through local eateries and venues advertising themselves and their promotions to the app’s user community, and NomYappers who decide to get together.

Omar said: “We built this project during term and our skills both really complemented each other. When we heard about the competition we were keen to apply and we’re really delighted to have taken first prize.”

Justinas said: “Taking part in this competition has taught me a lot. I’ve developed a much stronger understanding of how businesses are planned and run, and I’m really grateful for all help we received.”

Omar and Justinas are aiming to have the first version of NomYap available for users in the next few weeks.

DEMOfest 2015: Registration is now open

This year’s DEMOfest will take place on the evening of the 19th November 2015 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh and registration to attend the event is now open! 

DEMOfest is an opportunity for industry to see behind the doors of Scottish Universities and learn about the ground breaking research going on every day.  It is this research that will ultimately shape the technologies of the future but more importantly there may be elements that could help your business today!

Collaborating with academia can be a hugely rewarding process and lead to competitive advantages, so by attending DEMOfest 2015 you can use this showcase to engage with Scotland’s leading Computer Science and Informatics academics and young researchers and start identifying your next opportunities.

Scottish Universities can be considered to have the largest ICT research cluster in Europe and this year’s DEMOfest will demonstrate the best of Informatics and Computing Science research in Scotland.

Research areas this year will include:

  • Data Science & Digital Technologies
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensors & Imaging
  • Future Cities and Smart Tourism

If you would like to come along to DEMOfest 2015 please register at Eventbrite

Scotland Data Science and Technology Meetup – Next Event Announced

The next Scotland Data Science and Technology Meetup takes place on 20th August at The Data Lab in Edinburgh.

The event will be led with a talk by Alan Grogan,  Associate Partner – Analytics & Information Delivery – Atos (Global Digital Transformation).


6:30 – 7:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM: Alan Grogan, Associate Partner, Analytics & Information Delivery – Atos (Global Digital Transformation)

7:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Q & A Session

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Networking & Drinks

For more information and to register please visit:


Registration now open for exhibitors for DEMOfest 2015

This year’s DEMOfest will take place on the evening of the 19th November 2015 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh and the call for exhibitors is now open. 

Scottish Universities can be considered to have the largest ICT research cluster in Europe and this year’s DEMOfest will demonstrate the best of Informatics and Computing Science research in Scotland.

Research areas this year will include:

  • Data Science & Digital Technologies
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensors & Imaging
  • Future Cities and Smart Tourism

If you would like to register your interest in exhibiting, please complete the short survey at SurveyGizmo.  The closing date for exhibitor registrations has now been extended to 18th September 2015.

The Data Lab announce support for PhD/EngD

The Data Lab: PhD Programme
The Data Lab Innovation Centre has been created to generate economic and social value to Scotland through the application of data science.  We will deliver this through a combination of collaborative innovation, education and community building across universities, industry and the public sector.

A key activity of the Data Lab’s education remit is to support industrially relevant applied research in data science.  We are therefore delighted to announce support for a number of PhDs during 2015 and a larger programme beyond this.

PhD funding
The Data Lab will support up to three new industrially relevant PhDs to be commenced before the end of January 2016. Funding up to 50% of the PhD cost will be provided with the remainder to be provided by an industry (or public sector) partner.  We request applications from academic supervisors who have either a proposed project with an agreed industry and/or public sector partner or who are actively engaged with a partner to define a project.  To register interest:

1. Complete the 1 page expression of interest (EOI) form.
2. Send the completed form to
3. The closing date for EOIs is Friday 21st August.
4. The Data Lab Education Board will review all EOIs and invite successful applicants to complete a full proposal.

Research degrees
The Data Lab has funding for over 20 research degrees beyond 2015.  We are currently scoping a programme that may include, in addition to PhD support, applied research through an engD (or similar) with teaching delivered from a number of partner universities.  Please contact to register interest in contributing to this programme.