About the BCS Education team

The Education team's main activity is Accreditation of University programmes for chartered status (CITP, CEng, IEng and CSci). We also provide Secretariat Support and manage the Education Affiliate process.

Meet the team (from left to right):

BCS Education team (from left to right: Kelly Hudson, Sally Pearce, Penny Ballard, Maxine Leslie)

Kelly Hudson
Education Officer Accreditation

Penny Ballard
Education Officer Committees

Sharon Hurd
Head of Operations

Sally Pearce
Education Officer Accreditation

Maxine Leslie
Academic Accreditation Manager

Accreditation means the recognition by a licensed body as having met specific requirements and meeting an approved standard. BCS is a licensed body of the Engineering Council UK and the Science Council, which means we have licenses to accredit courses for CITP, CEng, IEng and CSci. BCS accreditation is the Higher Education sector’s equivalence to a Kite Mark. Accreditation is recognition of a programme's high standards and offers graduates a route into BCS membership.

In a five year cycle, a panel selected from the AAC and a register of Assessors, which the team hold, along with members of the Education Team in a secretariat capacity, visit HEIs (Universities) which offer degree programmes which meet some or all of the educational requirements for registration as CITP, CEng / IEng or CSci. Following the visit a report is produced based on the recommendations of the panel and when the institution has been notified, successful decisions are input into the appropriate BCS, Engineering Council and Science Councils data systems (and will be reflected on the associated websites).

The Education Team also provides secretariat support for one internal and two external Committees.


AAC - Academic Accreditation Committee. View a list of committee members


CPHC - The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing exists to promote public education in computing and to provide a forum to Professors and Heads of University computing departments in the UK. CPHC website

UKCRC - UK Computing Research Committee is an expert panel of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the BCS and exists to promote computing research in UK. UKCRC Members are leading computing researchers from academia and industry. UKCRC website