A professor at the University of Lincoln has been elected Chair of Lincolnshire’s first ever branch of the British Computer Society.


Professor of Software Engineering Cornelia Boldyreff was elected Chair during the inaugural meeting of the branch which was held in the new East Midlands Media and Technology Enterprise Centre (EMMTEC) on the university’s Brayford Pool Campus.


Over 40 participants turned up for the meeting including local employers, university staff and students, the NHS and other public sector bodies.


Professor Boldyreff said: “The BCS is the main professional body for IT professionals in the UK. There are local branches all over the country but there has never before been a branch in the county.


“Finally, with the help of the university, the BCS has established a branch here, putting Lincolnshire on the map in terms of the IT industry.


“The BCS is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, so it's fitting that we've finally got a branch in Lincolnshire and we are all looking forward to celebrating its first year with a stunning programme of events starting in September with a public lecture from Simon Davies, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


“I am going to be the Chair of this local group and it will be a key resource for our students here at Lincoln with wider outreach into the local computing community.”

Having a branch of the BCS in Lincolnshire will benefit computing students at the university as well as local computing professionals. Members of the BCS have to follow a code of conduct which requires continual professional development. The BCS has also set up a network of mentors who are willing and able to help members on a one-to-one basis with their professional development.

Joining the BCS is also the pathway to Chartered IT Professional status (CITP) and other chartered registrations (CEng/IEng and CSci).

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