Thursday, 23 May 2013

Working with the British Computer Society

The British Computer Society (BCS) is one of a number of national and international IT bodies that SQA works with. Readers of this blog will know that we recently formalised our relationship with BCS through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). An MoU is a high level agreement so we have to turn that into real action.

That process began yesterday, when me and my team attended a BCS event in Glasgow, and continued this morning with a private meeting in the SQA offices in Glasgow. At the public meeting both parties (BCS and SQA) signalled our intention to work together; at this morning's meeting we got down to what that really means.

There are a number of potential areas of development, including joint promotion and joint development of qualifications. Today's meeting was very productive. One of the concrete outcomes was that all students who undertake the new HN awards will be eligible for Student Membership of the BCS. We also agreed to serve on one another's committees. The BCS already has representation on the Sector Panel but we agreed further collaborations like that.

It's early days in our relationship but look out for more news about SQA/BCS initiatives on this blog in the coming months.

Contact me if you want to know more about how SQA and BCS collaborations.

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