Like many industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we firstly have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.

BCS commitments

  • We have been working with and listening to our members to establish our first specialist group focused on ethnic minorities in IT. ‘EMBRACE’ will be launched imminently
  • BCS will initiate conversations amongst our members where we promote learning and development, to help drive increased engagement and support members to be active agents of positive change in IT
  • Diversity and inclusion is a priority on the executive team's agenda
  • Internally, we are working to ensure we can promote diversity and inclusion externally with legitimacy

BCS’s slogan is ‘Making IT good for society’, therefore it is our responsibility, as the professional body for IT, to ensure the chartered professionals in our industry are representative and diverse, especially as the future talent pipeline emerges.

Join in

Discover BCS membership! You will 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 such as EMBRACE.

Share your support

BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our surveys are one way that we listen to our members’ opinions and this helps to form our positions on major areas of public policy. Keep a look out for polls around diversity and inclusion.

0.7%

Only 0.7% of IT specialists are black women

11%

Only 11% of IT directors are from an ethnic minority background

9 in 10

Almost 9 in 10 ethnic minority IT specialists have a HE qualification

Get involved

Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about diversity in tech policy you would like to share? Would your organisation like to get involved with our STEM research or carry out a joint campaign with BCS? If so, we want to hear from you! To share your opinions and to find out more about partnering with us, get in touch at policyhub@bcs.uk

Explore our other priorities

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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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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Green IT and Net Zero

As the professional body for the IT industry, BCS is committed to playing its part in tackling the climate emergency. We have formally adopted the drive for Net Zero and the promotion of Green IT as one of our four organisational policy and campaign priorities.

Read more about our work in Green IT and Net Zero

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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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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