Project period: February – May 2016 

This community later received Accelerator Funding for the project: GW4 Software-intensive research

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: James Davenport (PI) 
University of Bristol: Ian Holyer, Nick Wu 
Cardiff University: Pete Burnap 
University of Exeter: Richard Everson, Mike Baldwin 

Project overview

The vision of this initiator is to bring together the coding experts of GW4 and others in the region (e.g. Crick at Cardiff Metropolitan, BCS), harness our excellent connections in the cyber security user and policy base to form a powerful research team to be in a position to bid for significant funds. 


The Prime Minister has stated that he wants to make the UK the best place in the world to do internet business. To do this we need the best-trained staff. The new National Curriculum in England, and similar initiatives in Wales, are a partial response to this staffing need. 

A particular focus of Government policy has been Cybersecurity, with a variety of initiatives in this area. However, there is little research in the U.K. on the training of teaching programming (particularly high-quality, secure, programming), and on the technology that could underpin this. 

Project summary 

The community formed a GW4-wide Strategy Team that knows the overall capabilities of the region, with sub-teams specialist in certain areas, capable of responding to specific bids. The community held five meetings to scope the area of research, and through these designed and implemented a major national survey on the teaching of programming which fed into a publication and future bids.