Membership of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC)

CPHC is the subject body for university computing in the UK. It exists to promote public education in computing and its applications, and to provide a forum for those responsible for management and research in university computing departments. CPHC is an independent body, registered as a charity in England & Wales (no: 803000) and also in Scotland ( SCO41548). Although we work closely with all the professional and statutory organisations relevant to our sector, we are not affiliated to any other body. For example, we employ the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT to provide secretariat support, but we are not affiliated to or part of the BCS.

Operating as an independent body allows CPHC to act as a lobbying 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 UK Funding Councils and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). CPHC also works in conjunction with UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC) to address research issues with the UK Research Councils, particularly the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). We are founding members of the BCS Academy of Computing and have representation on the Academy Board.

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 that focus on areas of particular interest.

The CPHC Committee leads its operations. The members of which are elected at the annual CPHC conference from amongst the full CPHC membership. Committee posts last for two years. CPHC membership is open to Professors and Heads (and on occasions other Senior Staff) of Computing Departments in UK Universities. Currently CPHC has 715 members from 107 UK Universities. This provides a mandate as the representational body for this group in the UK and ensures that policy-makers and practitioners undertaking any activities that affect our sector consult CPHC.

Membership is charged to institutions rather than to individuals, so if you are not currently a member of CPHC but are eligible, you can become a member at no personal cost. More information is available via the CPHC Website (

As with all membership organisations, CPHC can only be as active and as vibrant as its members, so we would encourage you not only to join CPHC but to be active and involved through the mailing list and responding to calls for help and information. We can be as effective as our members want us to be.

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