CPHC represents the interests of a membership engaged in the management of University Computing education and University Computing research within the UK Higher Education sector. We are an independent body, registered as a charity, and, although we work closely with all the Professional and Statutory organisations relevant to our sector, we are not affiliated to any other body.

Operating as an independent body allows CPHC to act as a lobby organisation on behalf of our membership, representing their interests and concerns to Central and Local Government, the Funding Councils, the Research Councils, the Professional bodies, National and International special interest groups, Learned Societies, and a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations.

CPHC is recognised as the Subject Body for Computing by the Funding Councils and by QAA, and it works in conjunction with UKCRC to address research issues with the Research Councils, particularly EPSRC.

How we work

To ensure that members have the opportunity to air their concerns and argue for CPHC to represent a particular position or view, we provide a mediated email forum for membership discussion, an Annual Conference for members, and dedicated working groups focusing on areas of particular interest.

Currently we have two very active working groups, drawing their membership from the CPHC community, a Learning Development Group and an Information Group. We also provide mediated email distribution lists for conference announcements and jobs within the sector.  Scottish and Welsh interests are considered by the Scottish Group and Welsh Group.  More recently, CPHC has been asked to take the lead on a number of Shadbolt Working Groups

Examples of what we do

CPHC is extremely active in its support of the Computing At School (CAS) movement.

For background information, the ‘Informatics Europe’ group has produced a report on Informatics education in Europe: institutions, degrees, students, positions, salaries. The report is available at

Members may also be interested in CPHC support for their conferences or other public events through the system of CPHC Event Loans.

More information on all of these can be found below and in other areas of the site (top and side menus).

Conferences and AGMs
Shadbolt Working Groups
Learning Development Group
Information Group
Scottish Group
Welsh Group
Other Bodies

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