The Sector Panel for Computing & IT is one of two surviving panels from the days (around 10 years ago) when every subject area had one. The purpose of these bodies is to advise SQA about what's happening in the respective sectors and the membership reflects the external stakeholders who SQA deals with, such as colleges, universities, employers and Sector Skills Councils.
The Computing Panel meets twice per year and met today for its first meeting of 2010. It's a great opportunity for me to get feedback from the field. We had a particularly interesting discussion about the future of HNC/D Computing and HNC/D Networking, both of which will be reviewed in 2010/11. We agreed to consult before deciding about what to do with these awards since there are various options to consider (such as combining them into a single family of awards). I agreed to convene an open door event to discuss the options in the Spring.
We operate a a "three strikes and you are out" policy regarding membership (if you miss three consecutive meetings -- 1½ years in real time -- then we ask you to stand down) and there will be vacancies on the Panel, which we will seek to fill in the near future. Look out for invitations to become involved, via this blog, in the near future.