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BCS welcomes accreditation review announced by BIS

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, welcomes the review of the accreditation of computer science courses in UK universities announced today by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.


Paul Fletcher, Group CEO of the Institute says: “It’s very important that university accreditation should undergo regular reviews to ensure that courses offer students the best opportunities. We are pleased that computer science is the first course to be reviewed as this reflects the importance of this discipline today and in the future.


“As an accreditation body, we welcome this focus; however, we want to ensure that the review considers all factors. Employability is critical as one of several measures that need to be taken into account; the ability for universities to drive social mobility by helping students from under privileged backgrounds is also important.


“We will be working with Tech Partnership, employers and universities to discuss these issues and how we can help ensure students have access to an education that provides them with the skills for a career both at the end of their course and a professional career over the long term.


"For computer science courses specifically, this means that we champion the teaching of the principles that underpin computer science rather than specific technologies. This together with the skills to understand how these principles can be applied in the world of business is key to helping students develop a successful career.”


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, accredits computing courses in 80% of UK universities.