We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary school to university, and act as an advocate for the importance of computing as an academic subject and a vocation, support the teaching of computing from primary school to university, and support the thriving digital apprenticeship sector. 

Everyone, from whatever ethnic or social group, has the fundamental right to a computing education that results in them being:

  • Equipped with the computational thinking skills to understand and change the world for the better.
  • Effective at applying digital technologies:
    • to help realise their dreams and ambitions
    • to enhance their talents and creativity
    • to develop and express their thoughts and ideas in compelling, concise ways that others can readily appreciate and adopt
    • and to collaborate purposefully with others online.
  • Able to fully participate as informed and safe digital citizens in every aspect of society.

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Discover BCS membership! You’ll be joining a thriving community of IT professionals and benefits include access to regular events, conferences and meetings. If you're a computing teacher, come along to our regular CAS meetings of like-minded professionals to learn about best practice in the classroom. 

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BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our polling is one way that we listen to our members opinions. This helps form our policies on major areas of public concern such as for instance, the digital divide and its impacts on schools.

"The National Centre for Computing Education offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to firmly establish computer science as a foundational subject discipline that will enable all our young people to be active participants in the complex digital world that surrounds them."

Professor Simon Peyton Jones
Chair of the NCCE and CAS

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Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about STEM policy you’d 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

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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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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion as standard; that’s the common goal for our industry. Yet women account for only 20% of IT specialists; and BAME IT professionals are less likely to be in senior roles, despite being better qualified. ​Like many industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.

Read more about our work in diversity and inclusion

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.

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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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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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