BCS member communities
Connect with our active community and get more from your BCS experience.
Whichever your area of interest, our wide-ranging specialist groups, regional groups and online community offer you a professional and friendly platform to share knowledge and experiences, debate ideas, grow your network and raise your profile.
Choose from over 50 specialist interest groups where members share discussion, ideas and enthusiasm for their chosen subject. Access insight and expertise on topics as niche as Fortran and as diverse as Women in IT or Consultancy.
BCS Health and Care
This group was formed to cover all aspects of informatics in support of health.
Health and Care London & SE
This group's objective is to advance the understanding and use of informatics to promote health.
Health and Care Northern
This group aims to promote the theory and practice of using IT responsibly in healthcare.
Health and Care Scotland
This group aims to promote the development and use of health informatics in Scotland.
Health and Care Wales
This group aims to promote the health informatics industry in Wales, in recognition of the particular challenges faced by the Welsh health sector.
This group is for nurses and therapists interested in the management and use of information and communications technology to improve the quality, delivery and recording of care.
National Mental Health
This group represents the views of healthcare and informatics professionals whose passion is to use technology to support direct patient care and self-care.
Primary Health Care
This group’s main focus is the development and dissemination of best practice in primary care informatics.
This group focuses on the implementation and promotion of agile methods covering all the disciplines in the lifecycle of a project.
Project Management (PROMS-G)
This group provides the opportunity to develop awareness and competence in project and programme management, encourages research and promotes the use and development of standards.
This group helps data management professionals support organisations to achieve their objectives through improved awareness, management and responsible exploitation of data.
This group aims to include supporting communication between researchers and practitioners, promoting the use of IR methods in industry and raising public awareness.
Information Risk Management and Assurance (IRMA)
This group supports practitioners in the areas of information systems risk management, compliance and audit, and promotes the awareness and use of computer auditing, control and risk management techniques.
This group is a forum for internet and IT professionals. It provides presentations, meetings, events and resources on internet technology and all aspects of its application.
This group aims to foster achievement, capability and awareness in both business and research in artificial intelligence, and to promote the interests of the related community.
Computer Arts Society
This group promotes the creative uses of computers in the arts. It is a community of interest for all involved in doing, managing, interpreting and understanding information technology's cultural potential.
This group provides an organisation for all those working on human-computer interaction - the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for human use.
This group promotes the role that business change has to play in the advancement and development of the IT profession.
Communications Management Association (CMA)
This group offers members access to good practice, knowledge networks and government representation in communications, collaboration and cloud services.
This group aims to help members develop their knowledge and consultancy competencies and skills.
This group offers expert advice, mentoring and independent, objective thinking to help launch your start up.
This group holds two international conferences each year, respectively on IT quality, and on education and training in process improvement.
This group offers the opportunity for requirements engineering practitioners, researchers, educators and students to exchange experiences and new technologies through workshops, seminars and tutorials on all aspects of requirements engineering.
Service Management and IT Asset Management (SM-ITAM)
This active group run events covering the full range of service management and IT asset management topics.
This group promotes the view that in developing, using and studying ICT systems, it is essential to give due weight to both social and technical factors.
This group concentrates on the new ideas underlying recent developments and is not confined to particular programming languages, paradigms or development methodologies.
Animation and Games Development
This group aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to animation and computer games.
This group is essentially about acceleration and automation of the code development to deployment process.
This group provides a forum to develop an awareness of DA issues, and champions the need for DA to be a cornerstone of all digital solutions.
Formal Aspects of Computing Science (FACS)
This group helps British industry to stay in the forefront of formal computer techniques, and British academics to maintain the applicability of their research.
This group disseminates information about Fortran and its application in various fields, and provides a platform for discussion of users' needs and requirements in future versions of Fortran.
This group exists to help demystify open source practice and its implications, to illuminate the pros and cons of open source and to act as a centre of expertise.
This group is involved in the development and maintenance of payroll IT solutions and IT interchanges with the Government.
Software Practice Advancement (SPA)
This group brings together practitioners to share knowledge and experience about best and emerging practices for software development.
The objectives of this group are to promote the importance of software testing, and to develop awareness of industry's best practices in software testing.
Computer Science Academics: Higher Education Community of Practice specialist group
This group provides help and support for early and mid-career computer science academics who are employed in Computing/Computer Science Departments involved in the development of tertiary Higher Education.
This group aims to promote e-learning and e-safety and is of relevance to academics, teachers and those interested in the use of e-learning for continuous professional development, and by the wider public.
Learning and Development
This group brings together learning and education practitioners working in the fields of IT and computing, whether they be in industry, compulsory education, further education or academia.
Computer Conservation Society
This group promotes the conservation of historic computers and identifies existing computers which may need to be archived in the future.
This group is dedicated to supporting female and non-binary tech professionals and tackling the industry's gender gap.
This group aims to address the Digital Divide by championing digital inclusion for all.
This group focuses on making the IT profession more racially diverse and inclusive to all.
This group aims to identify and promote good practice in the design, development and use of financial services IT systems.
This group promotes green computing and addresses green issues and the adoption of green practices associated with information and communication technologies and services across their lifecycle.
This group focuses on the ethical implications of ICT provision, use and development. Ethics is fundamental to professionalism, informing both behaviour and practice and is at the core of BCS and relevant to all members.
This group covers many legal aspects of IT, including IT law, communications law, IT litigation, IT disputes and regulatory compliance.
This group supports neurodivergent individuals within the industry, raising awareness of neurodiversity’s contribution to broader society through the IT industry.
This group aims to provide better and bolder visibility and inclusion for our LGBTQIA+ community in the IT profession.
This group aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to cybercrime and cybercrime forensics.
Information Security (ISSG)
The objectives of this group are to raise awareness of the risks to information systems and identify technical and non-technical methods for attaining acceptable levels of security.
This group promotes best practice in enterprise and IT architectures, and contributes to the development of enterprise architecture methods and practices.
From Aberdeen to Belfast, Sussex to the South West, our network comprises almost 50 branches spanning the UK. They’re a great place to make new contacts and stay up to date with developments in your region.
Our Aberdeen branch is ideally located for members in North East and Northern Scotland.
Our Edinburgh branch supports our community in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Glasgow branch members are typically located in Glasgow and West or Central Scotland.
Tayside and Fife
Our Tayside and Fife branch serves members in Dundee and Perth and the surrounding areas of Angus, Perthshire and North Fife.
Our Northern Ireland branch supports our community in Northern Ireland.
Our Cumbria branch is ideally located for members in the North Cumbria area.
Our Manchester branch supports our community in Greater Manchester (and just beyond).
Merseyside branch members are typically located in Liverpool and its environs, Wirral and South Lancashire.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Our Newcastle upon Tyne branch serves members in the North East and Cumbria.
Preston and District
Our Preston and District branch is ideally located for members in Preston and the surrounding area.
Our South Yorkshire branch is ideally located for members in the Sheffield area.
Teesside and District
Our Teesside and District branch supports our community in the Middlesbrough area.
West Yorkshire branch members are typically located in and around Leeds and Bradford.
Chester and North Wales
Our Chester and North Wales branch serves members in the Chester and North Wales area.
Our Mid-Wales branch is ideally located for members in South Gwynedd, Ceredigion, North Powys and West Pembrokeshire.
South Wales branch members are typically located in and around Cardiff, Swansea and Bridgend.
Our Birmingham branch serves members in the West Midlands area.
Our Coventry branch supports our community in the Coventry and Warwick area.
Hereford and Worcester
Our Hereford and Worcester branch is ideally located for members in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Humberside branch members are typically located in and around Hull.
Leicester branch serves members in and around the Leicester area.
Our North Staffordshire branch supports our community in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.
Our Northampton branch is ideally located in Northampton, Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.
Nottingham and Derby
Nottingham and Derby branch members are typically located in the Nottingham and Derby area and beyond.
Our Shropshire branch serves members in the Shropshire area.
Our Wolverhampton branch supports our community in and around Wolverhampton.
Bedford branch members are typically located in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Our Hertfordshire branch serves members in Hertfordshire as well as parts of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
London (Central) branch members are typically located in central London.
Our London (North) branch serves members in North London
Our London (South) branch supports our community in South London.
Our London (West) branch is ideally located for members in West London.
Berkshire branch members are typically located in and around Maidenhead and Reading.
Bristol and Bath
Our Bristol and Bath branch serves members in and around Bristol and Bath.
Cheltenham and Gloucester
Our Cheltenham and Gloucester branch supports our community in and around Cheltenham.
Our Dorset branch is ideally located for members in Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas.
Hampshire branch members are typically located in the Southampton and Portsmouth area.
Our Kent branch supports our community in and around Kent.
Our Oxfordshire branch is ideally located for members in and around Oxford.
South West branch members are typically located in Devon and Cornwall.
Our Sussex branch serves members in the Sussex area.
Our Wiltshire branch serves our community in and around Swindon.
Our international hubs are located across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, supporting our member communities in these areas with a platform for networking, professional development and debate.
Our Guernsey section hold events at the GTA University Centre in St Peter Port.
Our Hellenic section serves members in Greece and holds events in Athens.
Isle of Man
Our BCS Isle of Man section hold events in Douglas.
Our Jersey section hold events in the St Helier area.
Our Malta section hold events in various locations in Malta.