Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS)

Outreaching Activities

We belive it is very important to bring cyber security awareness and education to schools so that we can help pupils better protect themselves and attract some of them to study cyber security or computing related subjects in their future university studies. We also consider close collaborations with parents, carers, school staff and relevant organisations important since they have more direct and frequent contacts with school pupils and young people. In 2020, we focus our public engagement activities on those for schools, and have plannd a number of key activities as follows.

  1. Student Ambassadors: We have appointed a number of PhD students studying at the Centre as outreaching Student Ambassadors, who have been helping the University and th Centre conduct cyber related outreaching activities.
  2. Cyber cecurity activity sheet for school pupils: We worked with Futurum Careers, a school-facing magazine for attracting teenages to study STEM subjects, to produce a cyber security awareness article and an interactive activity sheet that we will use with local schools to engage pupils, parents and school staff. The article and the activity sheet are released under the Creative Common License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) and we welcome all to use them for cyber security outreaching activities with schools. Please inform us via if you use the material and find it useful.
    Futurum Careers article in cyber security Futurum Careers activity sheet in cyber security Prof Shujun Li giving a talk on cyber security
    Dr Jason Nurse giving a talk on cyber security

    Citation information: Shujun Li and Jason Nurse, "How to Beat the Cybercriminals and Stay Safe Online," Futurum Careers, Issue 4, pages 32-33, March 2020, DOI:10.33424/FUTURUM43.

  3. CyberFirst courses: Working with QA Ltd, the Centre will co-organise two NCSC-funded CyberFirst courses on campus at the University of Kent in 2020: a CyberFirst Girls Competition Development day on 17 October, and a CyberFirst Advanced Course from 10-15 August.
  4. Inspiring next-generation cyber experts: The Centre is actively working with schools and other organisations to promote cyber scurity as a future career for pupils who are interested in ICT. An example is Dr Jason Nurse's being featured in Fantastic Jobs and How to Get Them, a book published by Oxforod University Press as part of its famous Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops series (Kent news story).
    Fantastic Jobs and How to Get ThemDr Jason Nurse in Fantastic Jobs and How to Get Them

Other Public Engagement Activities

The Centre is actively conducting other public engagement activities as well. These include but are not limited to the following:

Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 14/10/2020