Awards and lectures

BCS’s mission is to strengthen ties between the academic community and professional practitioners by promoting mutual accessibility and an appreciation of the value and benefit of research in Computing.

BCS has a long history of involvement in awards which recognise outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the world of computing. The BCS Academy of Computing has responsibility for the administration and assignment of these prestigious professional and academic awards, nurturing ingenuity, inventiveness and innovation in computing and promoting excellence in the creation, study and application of knowledge in the subject.

Our awards and lectures

  • The Lovelace Medal, recognising outstanding contributions to the understanding or advancement of Computing
  • The Roger Needham Award, recognising distinguished research contributions in Computer Science
  • The Karen Spärck Jones lecture, celebrating, informing and supporting women engaged in computing research
  • Distinguished Dissertations, awarded in collaboration with the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) for PhD/DPhil theses
  • The Wilkes Award, again awarded in collaboration with the CPHC for the best paper published in the previous year’s volume of The Computer Journal
  • The Karen Burt Award, awarded by the Women’s Engineering Society to a high-calibre, newly chartered female engineer working in any discipline who has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of her profession