Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

The Shape of Informatics: A UK Perspective

By Susan A White and Alastair Irons


The term Informatics is not widely used in UK Higher Education. Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are more commonly used descriptors and many other variations exist. Approximately five percent of departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, whilst UCAS, the UK organisation which centrally manages university undergraduate applications, does not include Informatics in its subject index. However the various fields of study encompassed by the European instantiations of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to successfully pursue international collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It offers an analysis of current practice alongside speculation as to the future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term

Year: 2006
OAI identifier:
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
Sorry, our data provider has not provided any external links therefore we are unable to provide a link to the full text.

Suggested articles


  1. (2006). Computing Curricula 2005: The Overview Report. doi
  2. (2002). extended version at doi
  3. (2000). IFIP/UNESCO's Informatics Curriculum Framework doi
  4. (2000). Informatics Curriculum Framework doi
  5. (1998). Informatics Knowledge Mapping and Curriculum Design: A Clear Role for IFIP and UNESCO.
  6. (2005). Informatics: A Focus on doi
  7. (2002). Modern Curriculum Development for Informatics (Computing Science). doi
  8. Multi-Institutional Teaching Communities in Computer Education.
  9. (2005). The Roberts Report on Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects: HEFCE 24/05. Higher Education Funding Council for England,
  10. (2005). Using Course Portfolios to Create a Disciplinary Commons across Institutions.

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.