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...the BCS

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT exists to provide service and support to the IS community, including individual practitioners, employers of IS staff and the general public. It is the only professional body able to confer chartered status in all three of the following areas: Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

For more information on the BCS you may wish to visit the main BCS website, especially the about us section.


Our mission is to enable the information society by promoting change and wider social and economic progress.


Our vision is to be a world-class organisation for IT. We also need to ensure that we, as an organisation, are adapting to that world and can continue to grow our impact and influence in the decades ahead.

BCS presentations

You may find the following presentations on the BCS and professionalism useful to you

BCS Videos

...the Dorset Branch


Branches of the BCS are run in accordance with rules set by BCS and are managed and report to the Branches Management Committee (BMC). The official rules for how an branch operates and the roles and responsibilities of the committee can be found in the Formal Rules for Branches document . This is the definitive guide so should give you a good idea on how the branches operate but if you have any other queries please contact the branch committee.

In addition to the formal rules on how branches operate here is a short summary of the branches ethos.

The Dorset branch of the BCS has regular presentations covering topics of interest to the members in the area.

Meetings are normally held at Bournemouth University or the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth. Both these locations and how to get to them are shown on the Location page.

What we are

  1. The Committee members are IT professionals from business and universities in Dorset
  2. Dorset branch members are those members that are affiliated to the BCS and have chosen Dorset BCS as their local branch.

Who we support

  1. IT professionals in private and public sector organisations and in universities, both academic staff and students;
  2. People in Dorset with an interest in IT.

What we do

We provide a regular programme of events, with invited speakers, on a divers range of IT related topics. These events give attendees a chance to liaise and network with friends and colleagues from across the county. The Branch supports a website and provides information and other support.

The Branch provides liaison with The BCS and promotes its mission to enhance professionalism within the IT industries.

What we are looking for

We are always looking for volunteers to be on the committee. If you are a BCS member and are interested in helping out on the committee, then please let us know. Committee meetings are once every one or two months, and the talks are normally once every month, apart from the summer.

...your Privacy

This website does not collect any information about your activity on this website, beyond the collection of webserver logs. We may at any time store a local cookie on your machine to save any preferences you have on this site, or for any other reason.

Contact with the branch via the contact form may be stored in a database for future reference, but your email address or other contact details will not be used for any purpose other than to reply to your request (unless you request to join our mailing list).

Our Aims

  • Advancing IT science and practice
  • Bringing out the excitement of IT
  • Introducing IT to all

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Our Scope

  • Private and public sector
  • Career professionals
  • IT/Computing Students
  • Industry and commerce
  • Service industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Health provision
  • Law enforcement
  • Defence
  • Government
  • …Everything and everyone

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