Schools and colleges engagement

The Department of Computer Science at the University of York has a dedicated schools engagement and outreach programme that aims to engage young people of all ages with computing-based activities. These are offered by members of the department alongside our schools outreach partners. We also offer Computer Science-based work placement opportunities.

Computing at Schools (CAS)

The Department hosts the Computing at Schools (CAS) Regional Centre for Yorkshire and the Humber where we provide free training and resources for teaching the new Computing Curriculum in partnership with CAS and the National STEM Learning Centre.

We provide free CPD training and resources for teachers in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, in support of the new Computing curriculum.

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Our partners

Outreach and widening participation

The Department provides opportunities to engage in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it, including activities for teachers in primary and secondary schools to help them encourage their pupils in pursuing a career in computing.

There are opportunities for school groups to visit the University to see some of the research activity that takes place in Computer Science, and members of the department go out to run activities in schools and at organised external events.


We host a range of events on campus to engage with schools throughout the year. 

For Year 12 students, we offer Headstart - a week-long summer school which is an exciting opportunity for students interested in studying computer science or electronics at York. More information

Contact details

For general enquiries relating to school visits or work with students at Key Stage 3 and above, please contact:

Dr Lilian Blot
Schools Engagement and Outreach Officer for Computer Science
phone: 01904 325462

For help teaching the Primary Computing Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2, please contact:

Paul Willcox
CAS Primary Coordinator

For help teaching the Secondary Computing Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4, please contact:

Dan Toms
CAS Secondary Coordinator

For any other queries regarding our CAS work, please contact:

Dr Christopher Power
Computing at Schools Regional Centre Coordinator
phone: 01904 322523