The name shall be the BCS Animation and Games Development specialist group.
In this constitution, except where otherwise required:
"Group" shall mean BCS Animation and Games Development specialist group.
"BCS" shall mean British Computer Society, Registered Charity No. 292786
"Member" or "Members" shall mean a person or persons qualified under article 4 of this constitution.
"Committee" shall mean that body of members elected, appointed or co-opted under article 5 of this constitution.
"Officer" or "Officers" shall mean the Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Secretary and such other appointments which the Group may make under article 5 of this constitution.
"Professional Member" or "Professional Members" shall mean a person or persons holding membership of the BCS in one of the following grades: Fellow (FBCS) or Member (MBCS)
“Chartered Member” or “Chartered Members” of BCS shall mean a person or persons holding either FBCS or MBCS and who hold one or more of CITP, CEng and CSci
“In writing” applies equally to e-mail or paper copy
The objectives of the Group are:
To provide a focus for the interests in Animation and Games Development, and the implications, from across the BCS and the wider profession, to the general public. For example, topics where animation and game development, operation and maintenance technology could enhance current activities for IT Professionalism and computing.
To achieve this, the group will:
- Raise awareness and knowledge of the issues and opportunities related to Animation and Computer Games Development, through facilitating virtual reality, blogs, web discussions, articles and physical events;
- Attract new professionals interested in and working with Animation and Computer Games Development to membership of the BCS;
- Build credibility as a body of expertise that can act as a source of information in the field of Animation and Computer Games Development, for instance through the provision of road maps, policies and guidance, particularly for end users, consumers, teachers, academics, the Government and the general public;
- Provide a forum across BCS and wider on Animation and Games Development;
- Support a knowledge community for Animation and Games Development, to include and for benefit of the wider community and the general public;
- Develop a programme of events, standalone and with other branches and specialist groups.
Specifically the group will:
- Keep under review, advise and make recommendations to BCS on strategy for the development, operation, and maintenance and also for legal and ethical issues related to Animation and Games Development in order to promote the institute’s objective of increasing accessibility to information and inclusivity in education.
- Consider partnership requirements to achieve effective and efficient delivery of relevant Animation and Computer Games for organisations, the wider public and in education establishments.
- Consider quality assurance requirements of Animation and Games Development issues and to promote best practice in all aspects of greening issues relevant to users of computers.
- To promote high quality practices and research relating to relevant Animation and Games Development.
We expect the Group to attract new members to BCS from all sectors (statutory, business and voluntary).
Persons eligible for membership of the group shall be any member of BCS (Affiliate or higher grade) interested in the objectives and activities of the group.
4.2 Admission to specialist group membership
Applicants holding BCS membership at any level shall be admitted without charge.
Any member of the group may resign by giving notice in writing at any time.
Individual honorary SG memberships and corporate/company memberships shall not be created.
The business activities of the group shall be controlled by the Committee which shall consist of a Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary, such other Officer posts as may be required and other members who shall be elected at each AGM. There may be a Vice Chair who could hold another Officer post.
The Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer shall be professional or chartered members of BCS.
Although Affiliate is the minimum requirement for any member of the group, the Committee members shall be professional or chartered members of BCS.
The Chair shall be responsible to BCS for the finance, policy and activities of the group.
The Chair may not also hold the Treasurer post. The posts of Secretary and Membership Secretary may be held by one person.
5.2 Terms of Office and Eligibility of Officers for Re-Election
All Officer and committee membership posts shall have nominal terms of one year, expiring at the following AGM. Officers may stand for re-election annually, without limit.
The name of any member accepting nomination for election or re-election as an Officer or as a Committee member should be submitted in writing to the Secretary, 14 clear days prior to the date of the AGM by two members of the group and with the written consent of the nominee.
5.4 Election of the Committee
5.4.1 If there is more than one nomination for any of the Officer positions, an election will be held at the AGM.
5.4.2 If the nominations number the same or less than the remaining vacancies for the Committee members, all shall be deemed to be duly elected.
5.4.3 In the event of there being more nominations than vacancies, the elections shall be by ballot of those members physically present. Each member present may vote for up to as many candidates as there are vacancies to be filled, and no more.
5.5 Resignation from the Committee
In the event of any elected officer resigning, the Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy until the next AGM.
5.6 Co-option to the Committee
The Committee may co-opt to their number up to a maximum of four BCS members serving at any one time, with a maximum term of one year. Co-opted members shall have the same voting rights as other members of the Committee.
5.7 Committee Meetings
The Committee shall meet at such times and in such places as the Committee may determine and in so far as is practicable they shall meet at least four times per year.
Four Committee members, including at least one Officer, shall constitute a quorum.
At any Committee meeting each member of the Committee present, save the Chair, shall be entitled to one vote but, in the event of equality, the Chair will use his/her casting vote.
6. GENERAL MEETINGS
6.1 The AGM of the group shall be held in September each year, at the direction of the Committee, for transacting the following business:
a. To receive the Annual Report of the Chair
b. To receive and approve the Annual Accounts.
c. To elect the Officers and Committee for the ensuing year.
d. To consider any other business relevant to the AGM.
6.2 Notice of General Meetings
6.2.1 The notice shall be conveyed in writing to every member of the group.
6.2.2 The notice shall be issued at least 14 clear days before the date of the meeting and shall indicate the business to be transacted.
6.2.3 In the case of the AGM the notice shall include a request for nominations of Officers and Committee members.
6.2.4 The accidental omission to give notice of any meeting or non-receipt of such notice by any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate any resolution passed.
At all General Meetings and meetings of the Committee the Chair of the group shall be Chair or, if absent, the members present shall appoint one of their number to be Chair.
At any General Meeting each member shall be entitled to one vote. Voting at any meeting may be determined by a show of hands unless a secret ballot is demanded by at least one third of the members present. The number of votes shall be recorded and stated in the report, which shall also be posted on the specialist group's website.
At any General Meeting of the group, eight members, including two Officers shall constitute a quorum.
6.6 Absence of Quorum
At the discretion of the Chair, any meeting may proceed with its business, but all resolutions passed must be confirmed at the first subsequent, quorate General Meeting.
6.7 Extraordinary General Meetings
Extraordinary General Meetings of the group shall be convened by the Secretary by direction of the Committee or on the request of twenty members.
7.1 Accounts will be held centrally by HQ with monthly reports being made available to the Treasurer. Accounts completed up to the last day of August each year will be presented to the AGM next following the end of the financial year to which the accounts relate.
7.2 The financial year of the group shall commence on the first day of September each year.
7.3 The allocated funds of the group shall be under the control of the Committee, in accordance with central accounting practices and subject to annual submission of a detailed financial plan.
7.4 Any surplus funds arising from the activities of the group shall be managed in accordance with the financial guidelines determined by BCS.
8.1 A correct record of the proceedings of all Committee and General Meetings of the group shall be kept by the Secretary.
8.2 A record of members of the group will be kept on the BCS central database. Membership Secretaries and Chairs will have access to standard data reports produced by HQ.
9. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Public announcements concerning the group shall be made only by, or with the consent of, the Chair. Any press releases shall be cleared by the BCS Press Office before issue.
10. MEETINGS (other than committee meetings), EVENTS and JOURNALS
10.1 Meetings and events of the group may only be held with the consent of the Committee and the organiser shall notify local BCS branches, any other relevant specialist groups, and place an entry in the BCS events diary.
10.2 ‘Meetings’ - free regular gatherings of members.
10.3 ‘Events’ - These include ‘schools’ and conferences and shall normally be chargeable, with preferential rates for BCS members, or members of other organisations with bi-lateral agreements.
10.4 Apart from identified and separately budgeted ‘Outreach’ meetings aimed at a specific non-BCS audience (e.g. the public), non-member visitors may attend a Group’s free meetings, on a trial basis, after which they should seek to become a BCS member.
10.5 Journals/publications produced by the group shall be chargeable and brought in house wherever possible.
The group is a part of BCS and thus shall be subject to the BCS Charter, Byelaws, Members’ Regulations, Trustee Board Regulations, Charity Commission requirements and any applicable legislation, such as the Disability Discrimination Act and Data Protection Act.
12. BCS SPECIALIST GROUPS ASSEMBLY
12.1 The group shall appoint two of its number, (normally Chair and Treasurer), who shall hold professional or chartered membership of the BCS, to attend meetings of the BCS Specialist Groups Assembly (or equivalent) as the group's representatives.
12.2 The group shall be required to submit an annual report to the Membership Board, or its committees, describing the group's activities, a financial statement and budget projections.
13. WINDING UP
If upon winding up or dissolution of the group, there remain, after the satisfaction of all its liabilities, any assets, they shall be vested in BCS.