Ethics Workshop

Wednesday 26 November 2014

6.30pm- 8.30pm

Room E232, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD


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"It may well be that all parties are better off if BCS Members use the BCS's Code of Conduct as part of their daily work, using their relevant skills developed under SFIAPlus. It should make those BCS members more valuable, employable, and more secure in their employment. And, for the people employing them, many expensive issues should be avoided.

It looks innocuous, until you are in live changes. Then, discussions get heated, and people sometimes "slag off", ill-advisedly, other parties involved. We hope that you will defend your ideas about these situations, strongly. That's why we need the use of the Chatham House Rule (there's only one). Read more at Everyone who attends must sign. Anyone who evades this stipulation pre-defines themselves as unethical, so we shouldn’t need worry too much if they then do cause problems.

However, many of the more junior BCS members may not fully realise that they are bound, at any grade, by the BCS Code of Conduct. That includes a duty for every member to report any breaches by other BCS members that they observe.

Ian Thornton-Bryar is running the workshop, with as light a hand as possible. He'll start the discussion with some slides, then try to steer the group to cover all the issues he raises, and all those that the delegates raise. It would be unethical not to! Ian is on BCS Council as well as the committee of the BCS Ethics SG. Until he retired he ran major implementations, mostly “recovery” of mired projects and programmes.

The role of the note-taker is to capture as much of the reactions of the audience as is possible, in an even-handed (i.e., ethical!) manner. Denise Oram (MBCS) is currently Secretary and Treasurer of the BCS Ethics SG, a member of the BCS Ethics Group, and an examiner for BCS Professional issues.  She is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Glyndwr University and is a member of both the university’s Ethics and Research Ethics Committee. Her research interests cover systems failure, social responsibility and professional and ethical dimensions of emerging trends in IT, and Technology and Society. She is interested in creating awareness of the wider implications that new digital technologies have on both education and society. She is especially interested in exploring frameworks for ethical decision-making in the process of creation and development of new technologies to address sustainability to develop new standards in order to support this change.

So the aim is just as much to gain your insights as to tell you the BCS stance. So, if you want your say on professional ethics in the BCS, please do come”