On Tuesday 25th October, The University of Bedfordshire Chapter had their first event of the term. This was an evening lecture introducing the computing students to BCS, Student Chapters and BCS Voices.
The lecture went off to a good start with Kashif Raza (pictured above, top left), the new chair of the chapter communicating his ideas for the term ahead and encouraging the students to get involved with the committee. After this he introduced myself, Laura Bartle and fellow BCS staff member Olivia Tan and we presented to the Bedfordshire computing students and staff. We introduced how BCS can assist students (for which, the ways are many!) and how being involved in their chapter could boost their student lives and therefore, their careers. Also, we covered the universities that currently have BCS student chapters within them (see the full list and their locations across the UK) to show the potential network the students could be getting involved with.
Another topic of the presentation was the BCS Young Professionals Group (YPG) and the ways they have already been connecting with and assisting current chapters as well as the future potential for collaboration.
Olivia then explained BCS voices which is part of BCS’ current strategy, ‘Making IT Good For Society’ (MITGFS). Part of its purpose is to get communities talking about IT and the role it plays in society.
Once we had done our presentation, we handed over to the students to get their suggestions about the events they would like to see their student chapter running. Their suggestions (which included pizza!) are shown in the graph below. The evening was rounded off with a small BCS voices debate amongst the room about coding and creativity before Kashif ended the session and announced it was time for pizza!
BCS would like to thank the University of Bedfordshire for being our hosts, Kashif Raza for organising/facilitating the event and Sue Brandreth (Associate Lecturer - Computing and Engineering) for her support.