Directions Magazine
Hello. Login | Register

Press Releases

Home | Submit Press Release

Ulster Students Plug Technology Gap in Classrooms with GIS

Bookmark and Share
Wednesday, April 30th 2014
| Ulster, Ireland
Read More About: education, stem, ulster


April 30, 2014 - University of Ulster students are using their expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to address a growing skills gap in classrooms across Northern Ireland. 


GIS helps people to visualise, question, analyse, interpret, and understand data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

It has burgeoned into a multi-million pound global industry with applications in conservation, emergency service planning, health care provision, urban development, transport and retail. 

As the need for GIS professionals has grown across a number of sectors, a skills gap at post-primary level, which has a knock-on effect on industry, has emerged. 

Professor Adrian Moore, Head of the School of Environmental Science, said:  “As the largest provider of GIS education on the island of Ireland, the University of Ulster is harnessing the expertise of its staff and students to help address the skills shortage in the classroom, particularly in areas of deprivation and economic need.  

“Our Education and Environmental Science students are going into schools across Northern Ireland equipping, educating and enthusing teachers and pupils about this crucial element within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

“Over 100 pupils, from schools in areas of high deprivation are also visiting the university’s Coleraine campus to take part in GIS cross-community projects. 

“The benefits are two-fold with pupils gaining valuable GIS skills which will help boost their employment prospects in the future as well as fostering a positive attitude to aspire to higher education from a young age. 

“Over 50 teachers have already been introduced to GIS by the team at Ulster, and the partnerships that have now been established will lead to increased engagement with the University of Ulster in the future.”  

Bookmark and Share

Stay Connected

Twitter RSS Facebook LinkedIn Delicious Apple Devices Android Blackberry






Recent Comments

DoD, Partners Share Mapping Technology for Disaster Relief

The Defense Department is using GeoSHAPE tool that will soon be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises, experts from DoD. The open-source tool is not directly related to shapefiles; the acronym stands for geospatial tool for security, humanitarian assistance and partnership engagement....

European OpenStreetMappers Meet as Project nears 10 year Anniversary
Top Ten Stories from Esri’s International User Conference
Is This Innovation? The Latest LBS Offerings
Making Sense of the 2014 Esri International User Conference
Finding OGC WMS, WFS, WCS services
Survey India 2014 Focused on Infrastructure Development
Takeaways from the Esri Education GIS Conference 2014
Mercury Rising: When to Expect the “Warmest Day of the Year”

DirectionsMag.com

About Us | Advertise | Contact Us | Web Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
© 2014 Directions Media. All Rights Reserved