Joint event: BCS Academy Board of Computing & the International Federation for Information Processing, Technical Committee 3.

Agenda and Speakers

09:00 - Introduction and Objectives – Alastair Irons
09:15 - IFIP Opportunities and Challenges in University Teaching from TC3 Perspective - Don Passey
09:40 - Overview of work BCS for new CS Academics – Alan Hayes
10:05 - BCS Academic Package – Holly Porter
10:30 - Coffee Break
10:50 - International perspective – Angela Lee Siew Hoong
11:15 - Early Careers Network for Computer Science academics: Experiences from the point of view of an Early Careerist – Simon Payne
11:30 - Workshop – post it note session Tom Prickett
12:00 - Conclusion and way forward – Alastair Irons

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The workshop will explore the work that has been undertaken by the BCS Academy Board and IFIP TC3 to support academics new to computing and computer science and discuss how the BCS and IFIP can work together to create a community of practice and support for those academics.

The workshop will share and reflect on the activities and events that already exist from BCS and IFIP and discuss what we might want to establish moving forward – CPD programme, shared resources, mentoring, collaboration and research.

We will cover a range of topics including:

  • Need to specific support for CS Academics
  • Creating a programme of CPD
  • Developing a community of practice
  • Mentoring and buddying
  • Collaboration between BCS and IFIP

There will be opportunity for questions and discussions throughout

About the speakers

Holly Porter, Membership Director – BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Holly leads community and membership development at BCS, focusing on delivering strategic growth, engagement and value to its different audiences. She joined in 2019 from GS1 UK, a global data standards organisation where she was Chief Marketing Officer and Membership Director. Prior to this, she was Marketing & Communications Director at Wincanton plc. Holly is a graduate of Bradford University with a BA (hons) in Modern Languages.

Professor Don Passey, University of Lancaster and IFIP TC3 Chair

Don is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning, the Director of Studies for the Doctoral Programme in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning. and the Director of International Strategy in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University, UK, and is an Honorary Professor of Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is currently the chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education (TC3), as well as the national representative for the UK in IFIP TC3. In his work with IFIP, he has presented and had papers published from many IFIP conferences over a period of some 28 years, has co-edited 8 post-IFIP-conference books, has chaired an IFIP TC3 WCCE and co-chaired 2 IFIP OCCE conferences, and has been honoured with the IFIP Outstanding Service and Silver Core Awards.

Associate Professor Ts. Dr Angela Lee Siew Hoong, PhD, MSc, FHEA, BSc (Hons)

Angela Lee Siew Hoong is an Associate Professor and heading the Department of Computing and Information Systems at School of Engineering and Technology, Sunway University, Malaysia. Angela has been developing a data science curriculum since 2009. Angela is the key person to introduce the Analytics and Data Science degree at Sunway University. She was recognized by the SAS Institute as the 2021’s ‘Distinguished Analytics Educator of the Year’ and recently won the most outstanding women researcher in Data Science 2022 in the 7th Venus International Women Awards. She regularly speaks at data science conferences. Angela has developed many innovative ways to use analytics and data science tools from the most elementary level to advanced analytics. She teaches Social Media Analytics, Visual Analytics, Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence and has authored many published international journal in the area of churn analytics, sentiment analysis and predictive analytics.

Dr Alan Hayes, University of Bath and Lead for BCS New CS Academics Project

Alan has 30 years’ experience in computer science education, working in both the teaching-led and research-led sectors. He has held positions of Director of Teaching, Head of Department, Associate Dean (L&T) and Dean. Currently, Alan is working in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and regularly participates in professional accreditation events. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He represented computing on the pilot subject review for the Teaching Excellence Framework in both 2017 and 2018. He currently Chairs the national Advisory Group for the review of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement in Computing.

Dr Tom Prickett – Northumbria University

Tom has 18 years’ experience in computer science education, working at Northumbria University, UK. He has held several education leadership roles for the department of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and is current working as the Faculty Director for Quality Assurance. Tom is an experienced academic assessor for his professional body, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. He is former chair and vice chair of the BCS Academic Accreditation Committee. He is a member of the national Advisory Group for the review of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement in Computing.

Simon Payne Lecturer – Computer Science University of South Wales

Simon Payne is an early career computer science lecturer who has worked in the industry as a software developer and moved into a teaching role at the University of South Wales. Simon primarily teaches practical programming modules and uses his experience from industry to expose students to industry best practices. Simon is also a part-time PhD student and is researching internet of things, smart cities, and dynamic resource allocation.

Professor Alastair Irons University of Sunderland, and Vice President BCS, Chair of BCS Academy Board and IFIP Board member

Alastair is Professor of Computer Science and Academic Director for Digital Education at the University of Sunderland, having previously been the Dean for the Faculty of Technology. Prior to joining the University in September 2008 he worked at ONE North East, Northumbria University and ICI having moved to the north east of England from Scotland after graduating in 1984 from Edinburgh University. Alastair was a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town in South Africa from 2013 – 2017 and is currently a senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg. Alastair is currently Vice President (academic) of the BCS and is chair of the BCS Academy board, he also sits on BCS Council and BCS Trustees and is a member of the BCS Academic Accreditation Committee. He has recently been elected as an IFIP Councillor and sits on the IFP Board. He was a member of the 1997 QAA Benchmark team for Computer Science and has worked with Alan Hayes on the most recent QAA Subject Benchmark for Computing.

His research interests focus on digital education and digital pedagogies, but also on digital forensics and cybersecurity. His current research includes digital skills frameworks for students and academics, digital skills for all and digital poverty, as well as cybersecurity in the classroom and learning safely in the classroom of the future. His most recent book was published in 2021 - Irons A and Elkington, S., (2021) Enhancing learning through formative assessment and feedback, Routledge, London.

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This event is brought to you by: BCS Academy Board and IFIP Technical Community 3

Webinar: New computer science academic workshop
Date and time
Thursday 3 March, 9:00am - 12:00pm
This event is sold out