Academy updates

Posted by Liz Bacon on 16 October 2012
by Liz Bacon

Welcome to the new home for the BCS Academy of Computing. We have designed this site to support the Academy's main objective of fostering a community of scholars, researchers and professionals. With the launch of this new site I feel it is a good opportunity to reflect on the Academy’s achievements

Since the inception of the Academy we have made great progress in addressing key issues with computing education. By working very closely with the Computing at School working group and industry partners such as Microsoft and Google we have been a key player in influencing the curriculum debate in schools and Government. As a result computing is now very firmly on the  national curriculum agenda and we are working on a number of exciting initiatives to support schools and their teachers to deliver it to their pupils. The main objective is to broaden interest in computing among young people with the result being greater numbers seeing it as viable option for further study and a future career.

We now accredit over 400 computing degrees across over 100 higher education institutions ensuring that academic programmes continue to meet the needs of the profession. This provides institutions with an important independent validation of their programmes and gives graduates an opportunity for their achievements to be professionally recognised.

We have engaged with policy makers across all levels of the education spectrum and our views are increasingly sought on a variety of computing-related issues. We are represented on a variety of advisory panels and working groups to provide expert input and strategic guidance.

Our annual awards recognise the very best in computing research and practice and our biennial Research Symposium provides a spotlight for some of the latest developments in the research field.

In addition to the above we have worked closely with the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC) to share expertise and collaborate on a number of initiatives.  Our partners are crucial to the creation of a thriving community with a shared goal of championing the study of computing as an academic discipline. This collaboration will continue and we will look to work with further partners in order to pool resources and expertise rather than duplicate any effort.

The strength of the community that we are striving to build is highly dependent on how we can engage with the audience and how the audience engages with us. Via this site we will provide you with updates on all the latest Academy news and developments and we hope that you use it as platform for sharing ideas, information and events with the community. We want you to use the site to facilitate debate and collaboration, and to share your experiences and opinions. This site will support that engagement by providing you with the opportunity to post blogs and news stories, participate in discussions and promote your events.

We also want the site to point to other useful resources and sources of information and we welcome your input on this. Over time we envisage this site becoming a valuable resource for all walks of computing academia and we want you to help us to build it.

I encourage you to get involved, to tell us your news, share your opinions and pass on your knowledge. Please feel free to leave a comment below, post a blog or tell us your news.

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