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Issue 478, 4 March 2002

Meet changing needs

A raft of new programmes will use cross-disciplinary teaching to meet the changing needs of students and potential employers.

The BA in communications and new media will be a specialised course covering the demands new media make on technology and communication theory, starting in 2002. Director of the institute of communications studies Professor Phil Taylor said: "With over 1,000 new media companies in Leeds, employing over 12,000 people, there is a large market for this course." In readiness, a new digital media lab will be built this summer.

Computing will work with geography, biochemistry and molecular biology and mechanical engineering to offer an MSc in informatics this year. Academic co-ordinator Dr Jason Noble said: "Companies are often standing with a fire-hose of data gushing out and don't know how to deal with it." The course will cover fundamental computing techniques and explore real-world applications in the partner disciplines.

New programmes in product design and sports science are also under development for 2003.


 
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