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Crossrail sponsors Computer Science MA

Crossrail has revealed a new collaboration with The University of York to sponsor the Master of Engineering course in Embedded Systems with £60,000 per year.

The four-year course offered by the University’s Department of Computer Science will give students practical experience of hardware and software development and working with a major industrial collaborator.

Crossrail will be involved in the design of the course prospectus and will also provide guest lectures, as well as an annual prize of £250 for the outstanding student. Students on the course will be able to visit Crossrail’s premises in London and may also be offered one-year internships on the project.

The Head of Computer Science at York, Professor John McDermid, said:  “This is an exciting partnership with a company spearheading the transformation of transport infrastructure in one of the world’s great cities. Crossrail’s involvement will give students first-hand experience of working with embedded systems, and the technical and personal skills to be of immediate and long-term benefit to industry.”

The agreement will also see the establishment of an annual Crossrail public lecture which will feature prominent speakers from the rail sector. The University of York’s Computer Science department will also explore the potential for future research projects and workshops with Crossrail.

Crossrail‘s Talent and Resources Director, Valerie Todd, said: “Crossrail is a project of national significance and has always valued investment in training future talent. The Master of Engineering course will help foster such talent by providing a high-quality learning environment creating a large bank of skilled engineers who will be an asset to the industry.”

An embedded systems laboratory, to be named the ‘Crossrail Laboratory’, is currently under construction in the Computer Science Building, as part of the University’s Heslington East campus expansion.

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