GCHQ recruits in new way

The Government's top secret listening centre based in Cheltenham is taking a new and much more public approach to recruiting staff -- by endorsing university courses.

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Cheltenham's GCHQ endorses university courses

Cheltenham's GCHQ endorses university courses Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Government's top secret listening centre based in Cheltenham is taking a new and much more public approach to recruiting staff -- by endorsing university courses. Government minister Francis Maude announced this week GCHQ will be actively supporting six credited degrees in Cyber Security.

The move is a steer away from the traditional stereotype of gifted mathematicians getting a tap on the shoulder from in-the-know Oxbridge dons acting as recruiters for MI5 and MI6.

Nigel Smart, Professor of Cryptology at the University of Bristol has been appointed as Independent chair of the panel that assessed applications.

"I am delighted to have been appointed as Independent chair of the panel that assessed applications and am excited that GCHQ has introduced this rigorous standard for judging general Cyber Security Master's Degrees."

– Professor Nigel Smart

The six universities taking part are Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway University of London, Cranfield University and University of Surrey.

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