The Inclusion CoE was created in 2012 and has been proactively progressing the Institute’s diversity and inclusion agenda with the objective of ensuring that IT is recognised as an exemplarily inclusive profession. In particular, the CoE aims increase the number of women members at all levels in the Institute and help develop a stronger pipeline of women candidates for all BCS Boards.
One of the main activities of the ICoE since its inception has been to implement a phased programme of Unconscious Bias training addressing all aspects of inclusion and diversity across BCS Boards, Committees etc. Membership of any Board or committee is now dependent on having completed this training. The programme is now due to be rolled out to the wider committee members of our branches and member groups.
The Institute has also signed the Engineering Diversity Concordat. Through the Concordat, BCS demonstrates its commitment, along with other Professional Engineering Institutions, to taking action to increase diversity. Read more about the Engineering Diversity Concordat here.
We are a proud supporter of everywoman and have sponsored the everywoman in Technology Awards since 2011. The awards aim to raise the profile of women pursuing a career in technology and highlight the diverse career options IT offers, ranging from programming, gaming and data processing, to support services such as marketing and finance. Read more information about the 2014 awards here.
The Institute is a member of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Women in ICT Taskforce.Through the taskforce, BCS is working with other professional bodies across Europe to share best practice and build the gender balance in the profession.