A new report suggests that computers are increasingly used to teach and that the role of computer teachers has declined in recent years.
The new research, based on a survey of 2,000 computer science teachers, found that the percentage of computer science teaching jobs that are filled by computer science students has declined from 20.5% in 2016 to 17.5%.
The researchers, led by Dr John Henson, a professor of computer sciences at the University of Oxford, say computer science is “now the most popular and relevant science for computer science graduate students, and this is likely to continue to the end of this decade”.
Computer science students tend to be more likely to be computer science masters and have a higher graduation rate than computer science doctoral students, according to the researchers.
Dr Henson said: “The main challenge facing computer science graduates today is that the skills they need to work as computer science professionals are still largely lacking in the classroom.”
There is an oversupply of computer scientists in the job market, which may limit the skills available to graduates.
“The researchers also found that more than half of computer and mathematical computer science undergraduate students (52%) report that they had experienced discrimination due to their gender in the workplace, with half reporting being threatened, verbally abused or physically harassed by colleagues.
“The gender gap in the teaching profession has narrowed over the past decade, with the proportion of female teachers in the UK increasing from 15% in 2010 to 22% in 2017.” “
It suggests that although the rise of computer-based education in universities and colleges has led to more women entering computer science as teachers, computer science has not necessarily become more appealing to women as teachers,” he said.
“The gender gap in the teaching profession has narrowed over the past decade, with the proportion of female teachers in the UK increasing from 15% in 2010 to 22% in 2017.”
Dr Hensen added: “Computer science is now the most competitive field for women in the profession and this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.”