Member Groups

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Members are key to the success of our UK Branches, International Sections, and our Specialist Groups - as they run them. You can get involved by attending the Branch, Section, or Specialist Group meetings nearest to your work or home. You can even show your interest in becoming a Committee Member if you want to help shape the future of your local Branch.

Your BCS membership enables your access to a wealth of information, experience and expertise from fellow members and specialist events with luminaries from across the industry.

UK Branches
The Institute currently has Branches covering the whole of the UK, almost 50 in total, from Kent in the South East and Dorset in the South West, through South Wales, Belfast, and Birmingham, up to Aberdeen in the North.
Specialist Groups
With over 50 Specialist Groups, the Institute provides both members and the public with an unrivalled opportunity to keep abreast of current developments in specific areas of interest, such as Software Testing, Internet, Cybercrime Forensics, plus numerous Health groups and many more in a huge variety of specialisms.
International Sections
Our International Sections currently cover around 15 countries across the globe and enable our International members to have a local presence.
Student Chapters
The students of today represent the next generation of IT professionals. We can support their entrance into the workforce by helping students gain insight into the industry and make connections. Chapters will provide and promote engaging and academically supportive activities and events for students at their university.
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BCS Volunteer Portal
The one stop resource for those active and interested in joining the member group volunteer community.

Volunteer awards and recognition
BCS recognises its volunteers for their hard work, dedication and achievements through its volunteer awards.

Other groups

BCS Academy of Computing
A learned society dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline.

BCS Health and Care
Covering all aspects of informatics in support of health, a sector of particular relevance and importance to BCS.

The UK lead forum for IT Directors and Senior Managers to exchange experiences, views and expectations on how information systems should be managed to achieve business objectives.

An initiative that aims to encourage more women to consider careers in science, engineering, mathematics and IT.