BCS Quality SG AGM

followed by Increasing Process Improvement by Utilising New Technology in Learning and Other Means

Wednesday 14 October 2015

6.00pm  for 6.30pm AGM followed by presentation. Finishing around 8:00pm.

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps
(Approximately 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station and Charing Cross Station)


Margaret Ross

Arrangements have been made to join the AGM via telephone conference, contact Margaret.ross@solent.ac.uk  for details, with BCS Quality AGM in the subject line

Please note that only BCS Members may participate in voting at the AGM

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A presentation will follow the AGM - Increasing Process Improvement by Utilising New Technology in Learning and Other Means.

Barriers and opportunities associated with professionals are considered. Practical possibilities for increasing the understanding and implementation of process improvement will be discussed, including the use of webinars. The use of MOOCs, potentially leading to on-line assessed qualifications, could increase the number of practitioners with the relevant knowledge. Changes to SFIAplus could enhance awareness of process improvement, and so encourage employers to authorise relevant training.

The lack of relevant knowledge and experience of teachers and lecturers is considered, together with the problems of pressures by other topics on academic courses. The actions that could be undertaken to promote and assist the teaching of process improvement in colleges and universities range from provision of suitable case studies to the inclusion of process improvement within the accreditation of courses.

The opportunities associated with the new higher apprenticeships could provide potential practitioners with process improvement skills for the future. Changes in the requirements by professional bodies for syllabus content for accredited courses, aligned with enhanced SFIAplus, could increase awareness of process improvement. The syllabus could be aligned with professional courses, so students could obtain the professional qualification as well as their academic qualifications.

Margaret Ross is Emeritus Professor of Software Quality at Southampton Solent University, and has received various awards including an Honorary FBCS and the BCS John Ivison medal, in addition to an MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to Higher Education. Margaret is an active member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT.