Department of Computer Science

Professor elected to Vice-Presidential position at The British Computer Society

Thu Dec 08 11:49:00 GMT 2016

Professor James Davenport has been elected as Vice-President (Academy) by the Council of BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT.

He will chair BCS’s Academy of Computing Board, which oversees all of their interactions with academia. This includes the new National Curriculum for schools in England and similar initiatives, BCS Student Chapters and the accreditation of degrees. He will also supervise the recognition of research in the Distinguished Dissertations award and the named prizes and lectures.

James said: “This is an awesome responsibility. Computing is, according to the National Curriculum, being studied by over 3.5 million primary school children and 1.5 million secondary school children in England alone, as well as 60,000 undergraduates, with 6,500 staff on academic contracts.

“While some decisions (National Curriculum, Shadbolt report) have been taken, the details of many, such as REF and TEF, are still unknown, and there is an enormous challenge of implementation facing the computing community, and the wider community of which it is a part. I am grateful to BCS for the trust it has placed in me.”

James’ previous role as Academy Vice-President for the Promotion of Computing, will be taken by Professor Tom Crick of Cardiff Metropolitan University. He said: “I am delighted to work with James in our respective capacities as we strive to strengthen the UK computing community and fulfil the academic part of the BCS’ mission to make IT good for society.”

James and Tom also worked together in 2014 when they were both elected HEA National Teaching Fellows. They have collaborated on computer science education research projects and innovative pedagogies for the teaching of computing.