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Feb. 13, 2023

University of Glasgow computer scientist wins international award

University of GlasgowA computing professor at the University of Glasgow has won an international award.

Professor Quintin Cutts of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science has been named as a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and it brings together computing educators, researchers and professionals to share their resources and discuss challenges within the field. Every year it elects Distinguished Members in recognition of work they have done to spur innovation and enhance education in computer science.

Professor Cutts was elected ACM Distinguished Member for Outstanding Educational Contributions to Computing. As Professor of Computer Science Education at the University of Glasgow, Professor Cutts champions the importance of computing in schools for pupils of all ages, addressing the challenges inherent in learning the discipline.

Speaking of this achievement Professor Cutts says, “I’m honoured to have been selected as an ACM Distinguished Member by my peers across the Association. It’s a privilege to be recognised for the work that I have done with a range of colleagues to help build a focus on computing science into the curriculum, and ensure that all learners can succeed in the field.”

He continues, “My first research question in this area 25 years ago was ‘Can everyone learn to program?’ A quarter of a century later, we might now ask ‘Can everyone be a computational thinker?’ Colleagues here in the Centre and around the world are steadily working towards an optimistic ‘Yes!’ to that question.”

Professor Cutts is involved in the development of school curricula for computer science. He’s also the director of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Computing Science Education, which brings together a multidisciplinary team of academics, researchers and students to develop new research, practice and policy.

In addition to this, he developed the University of Glasgow’s first Graduate Apprenticeship degree program in software engineering, launched in 2019, which offers a level of professional training similar to that of doctors, vets and dentists.

In 2015, Professor Cutts was awarded an MBE for services to computer science.

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Content added on 13th February 2023. 

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