The workshop will be chaired by Paul Martynenko, IBM Vice President & Technical Executive Europe and Professor Jeff Magee, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College, at BCS's London office:
In May last year the government published the recommendations from the Shadbolt review of computer sciences degree accreditation and graduate employability:
We’ve been working with various government departments on implementing these recommendations since then as part of our degree accreditation programme. At the same time universities are preparing for major new requirements that will be part of the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework:
This will look at graduate employability as part of the measures affecting the future funding of university teaching.
The workshop will give you the opportunity to shape our next steps in implementing the Shadbolt recommendations as well as a chance to catch up on our progress to date. This will mean you have the chance to determine how undergraduates in nearly one hundred computer science departments around the UK could have their employability skills accredited by BCS in the future.
Since May 2016 we’ve been running pilot projects looking at how we should accredit placement programmes as a way of establishing how students develop the right skills to embark on a professional career, and objectively characterising what those skills are. At the workshop your help will shape how we identify a suitable professional skills framework from those pilots that will be scalable when we move up to rolling out the programme at the national level. Currently BCS provides academic accreditation for university degree courses, and this will continue in the future, but with a more streamlined and less bureaucratic process. In addition to this we’re planning to introduce professional skills accreditation of degree courses. Initially this additional accreditation will be for sandwich courses (and courses where there is a significant work placement element). Whilst that's being rolled out we will develop standards for professional skills accreditation that can be applied to non-sandwich courses at a later date.
Please contact Dianne.Geldenhuis@bcs.uk if you have any questions.