A London University college has launched an online computer programming challenge with masters and undergraduate degree places as prizes.
Queen Mary, University of London launched its BrainAcademy 2005 contest last week. For the first time, the competition previously aimed at school leavers, is open to people in the IT industry who want to gain further qualifications. Contestants must complete an online research quiz to qualify for the programming challenge. The finalists will face a gruelling interview.
Two places on the college's 2006 computer science masters degree courses - with bursaries worth £1,500 - are among the prizes to be won.
Paul Curzon, reader in computer science at Queen Mary, said the competition aimed to break down stereotypes about the subject.
"It is a very diverse subject drawing on lots of different areas. It touches on psychology, design and even the performing arts. We want to make people think about the fact that computer science can lead to a wide variety of careers."
Winners of the masters degree prizes would gain skills and experience of cutting-edge technology and ideas, he added.
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