Our priorities

We are constantly working to address the digital challenges facing our society to ensure technology’s impact is positive for everyone.

Artificial intelligence (AI)

BCS wants to see the creation of a diverse ethical AI workforce, as we believe this is central to reducing machine learning bias. The government listened when BCS advised there needed to be an increase in MSc computer science courses, with ethics built-in to the curriculum. We also examine key issues around the use, and misuse, of AI.

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Health and care

Digital health is undergoing rapid change and BCS, as the professional body for IT, is committed to supporting the establishment of regulated professional standards in this sector.

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Education

We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary schools to universities. We are also the end-point assessor for the thriving digital apprenticeship sector.

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Tech and society

From cyber security, through to online safety, technology affects us all. BCS policy looks at the wider uses of technology. As a charity, as well as the professional body for IT, our aim is to make IT good for society.

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Our impact

44%

That’s the planned increase in capacity for MSc courses in university Computer Science departments - following the BCS report - Scaling up the Ethical MSc pipeline. It was commissioned by the government’s Office for AI.

24%

Only a quarter of BCS members surveyed believed the NHSX contact tracing app would be effective in containing COVID-19. We regularly ask our members for their expert views to shape our policies and statements.

8000

Up to this number of teachers are due to be upskilled by the National Centre for Computing Education. BCS is part of the consortium training school teachers to deliver a world leading education in GCSE and A level Computer Science.

17,000+

The number of digital apprenticeships registered with BCS. We're the end point assessor for IT apprentices and are committed to developing this future pipeline of employees. The UK economy faces a significant IT skills gap and this is one way to bridge it.

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You’ll be joining a thriving community of IT professionals and benefits include access to regular events, conferences, meetings, as well the chance to join our members groups.

Partner with us

We regular partner with other organisations, seeking their views and expertise. Email the policy team directly: policyhub@bcs.uk or contact us

Our partners