About the Academy

About the Academy

by Academy Admin

The BCS Academy of Computing is a learned society dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline.

The Academy mission is to advance the creation, study and application of knowledge in computing for the benefit of society. This mission is a core component of the Chartered Institute for IT’s Royal Charter and is a key pillar of the Institute’s strategic goals.

The Academy aims to develop and support an open and inclusive community that brings together scholars, researchers and professionals, irrespective of background, experience or any other factors. By ensuring computing knowledge is nurtured, invented and innovated across these sectors, the Academy provides a platform to drive the success of computing in the future.

A unifying forum

Computing as a discipline is tremendously exciting and one of the outstanding achievements of our times. Computing is important because for the first time in human history we can automate the understanding and creation of knowledge. Computing also underpins so many important areas that drive the success of our society.

The subject is not only vibrant and growing, but more rigorous, more interdisciplinary, more experimental and more user-oriented than ever. Examples of ingenious computational ideas that have had significant impact include the use of programming languages to model cell biology, retrieving documents from the internet based on quantum theory, and building new kinds of massively parallel computers that mimic the human brain.

At the same time, computing has a distinguished heritage, emerging from a rich variety of other disciplines. This together with the ever increasing acceleration of computing has resulted in fragmentation of the communities engaged in its advancement. Hence, there is a need for a unifying forum to provide integration and coherence across education, research and business.

The Institute as a whole has enabled a wide range of learned society activities over the years, such as those of the various member groups. However, the Institute has not had a dedicated learned society. The BCS Academy of Computing has been established as the learned society for the Institute and will ensure that in future BCS has a coherent strategy for advancing computing as an academic discipline.

Our principal aims

  • Develop and support a cohesive community inclusive of scholars, researchers and professionals with a shared commitment to the advancement of computing
  • Facilitate the scientific and engineering application of computing knowledge within organisations to support transformational change
  • Endeavour to ensure the relevance of computing knowledge throughout the education, business and research sectors
  • Nurture ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation in computing
  • Promote excellence in the creation, study and application of knowledge in computing
  • Engage with the public in order to inform and facilitate appreciation of the successes and challenges of computing, and promote informed debate about the roles computing should play in society at large