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First day on the job for new director of SIGNAL.

Monday January 9, 2017

SIGNAL’s new interim director, Dr Stuart Charters, today begins leading the South Island ICT Graduate School, with the ultimate goal of guiding New Zealand to a more tech-savvy future.

Dr Charters has been involved with the development of New Zealand’s newest ICT grad school since its inception and, as Head of Informatics and Enabling Technologies at Lincoln University, he is well placed to direct the school.

Dr Charters is enthusiastic about leading SIGNAL as it begins delivery of its programmes in February 2017.

“I’m looking forward to working with SIGNAL, which is the first of its kind as a collaboration between the leading tertiary institutions across the South Island in partnership with industry. This school is a direct response to the rapid growth in IT roles across all sectors, where thousands of new jobs will be created in the next ten years.

“Through disruptive innovation in the IT education space, and working in deep partnership with industry, we are gearing up to become an essential part of the tech ecosystem in the South Island.”

Recently appointed SIGNAL chair Dr David Band says Dr Charters is perfectly placed to take on the director role having been a key part of the team that created the SIGNAL programmes.

“From the beginning, Stuart has been involved in the management group and convening the Academic Working Group which developed the SIGNAL academic programmes, alongside the Christchurch and Dunedin ICT sectors,” says Dr Band.

“Stuart is not only deeply knowledgeable about SIGNAL, he is also passionate about the value it can add to South Island business and education.”

Dr Charters studied Computer Science at St Chad’s College, Durham University, graduating with a PhD and working as a post-doctoral researcher. He moved to New Zealand in 2006 to lecture at Lincoln University in the then Applied Computing Group. Most recently Stuart has been Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Informatics and Enabling Technologies. Stuart has research interests in Evidence-Based Software Engineering, eResearch and Precision Agriculture technologies.

For more information contact:

Dr Stuart Charters, director@signal.ac.nz

https://www.facebook.com/SignalICTgradschool/

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/17895697

SIGNAL BACKGROUND

SIGNAL stands for South Island Graduate Network and Laboratories. It is the first collaboration of its kind partnering five South Island tertiary institutes – Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago. As well as producing highly-skilled IT graduates with work-relevant skills, SIGNAL will provide more effective pathways for graduates from IT education into employment. Driven by industry and delivered in partnership with industry, SIGNAL’s programmes offer a suite of new model teaching: studio-based projects, seminars, industry placements and projects, mentoring and work-based learning. SIGNAL is now open for enrolments across its four industry-aligned programmes: Educate, Shift, Xtend and Accelerate. It will open its doors to two physical locations – 123 Vogel St in Dunedin’s burgeoning Warehouse Precinct and in the Innovation Precinct, Christchurch – in February 2017.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

1. EDUCATE: For all school teachers who would like to develop their knowledge and skills to teach the fast growing areas of Digital Technologies in schools, particularly computer science curriculum and computer programming.

2. SHIFT: For graduates from non IT areas who wish to move into an IT focussed career; and for recent graduates who want to augment their recently gained qualifications with IT skills to further their employment prospects.

3. ACCELERATE: For entry level or early career employees with primary IT roles (recent tertiary level IT graduates) to improve and/or expand their proficiencies and capabilities in a work-based learning programme.

4. XTEND: For experienced IT professionals who wish to move into a leadership role or extend their technical abilities.

Delivery of SIGNAL programmes: Professionals enrolled in SIGNAL programmes will be engaged with businesses as part of their course of study. This engagement varies from company visits with Educate through placements, projects and internships with Shift to study whilst embedded in Accelerate and Xtend.

For specific programme details (fees, entry requirements, course details etc) call 0800 990024 or visit www.signal.ac.nz or email info@signal.ac.nz

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