ICT equality, diversity and inclusion action plan published

Members may be aware that CPHC has been working with EPSRC, BCS, the IET, UKCRC and TechWorks in commissioning a study from the Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University ‘Taking action to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across ICT’.  The diversity study and Action Plan have now been published on the EPSRC website:


2018 CPHC Conference

The 2018 CPHC Conference is due to be held on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April 2018 at Newcastle University School of Computing, Urban Sciences Building, 1 Science

The event is due to start with parallel Workshops on the morning of Monday 23rd April:

10:00-12:00 New Heads Workshop – Dr Iain Phillips, Loughborough University

10:15-12:15 Athena SWAN – Professor Carron Shankland, University of Stirling 

The main Conference start time is 12:30 on the Monday and will close at approximately 12:30 on Tuesday 24th April, followed by a networking lunch for delegates.  We are also opening up the second day Tuesday 24th April 2018 as a stand-alone day, which will concentrate on a wide range of issues of interest to Computer Science departments.

There will be two further parallel Workshops on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th April:

13:30-15:00 ORBIT Workshop: promoting Responsible Research and Innovation – Professor Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University

13:30-15:00 Degree Apprenticeship Workshop – Professor Alastair Irons, University of Sunderland

 The main Conference programme may be found here and will include updates on REF, TEF (subject pilot), the Institute of Coding, the National Computing Centre and recent initiatives (including work with UKCRC, BCS, IET and EPSRC) on equality, diversity and inclusion.

As with previous Conferences there will also be a Conference Dinner on the evening of Monday 23rd April at the Living Planet Gallery at The Hancock.  You will be able to indicate on the booking system whether you wish to bring a guest.

The costs are as follows

Days 1 & 2 (inc the Conference and Dinner) £100
Day 1 only (no Dinner) £40
Dinner guest £45
Day 2 only £40

Bookings may be made using the link below.  Please complete all of the necessary sections so that we can arrange adequate catering requirements:


Information on flights to Newcastle and hotels near to the Conference venue may be found here.

Call for Submissions for the 2018 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertation competition

The 2018 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertations competition is now open for submissions https://www.bcs.org/category/5820

 The competition aims to make more visible the significant contribution made by the UK – in particular by postgraduate students – to computer science. Any dissertation is eligible that is submitted for a doctorate in the British Isles in what is commonly understood as computer science.

To be considered, a dissertation should:

  • make a noteworthy contribution to the subject;
  • reach a high standard of exposition;
  • place its results clearly in the context of computer science as a whole; and
  • enable a computer scientist with significantly different interests to grasp its essentials.

The closing date for submissions is Sunday 1 April 2018.  Further details can be found on the web at: https://www.bcs.org/category/5820 and information on the rules of submission may be found at: http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/57887