Computer Science Degree Accreditation in the UK: A Post-Shadbolt Review Update

Tom Crick, James Davenport, Alastair Irons, Paul Hanna, Tom Prickett

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The assurance of quality through degree accreditation by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) is very much a feature of higher education in the UK. In this dynamic and emerging UK educational, economic and policy environment, there still remains a need for accreditation regimes to evolve in order to maximise the value they provide to higher education institutions, as well as to industry and society as a whole.

The Shadbolt Review, an independent review of computer science degree accreditation and graduate employability conducted in 2016, focused on the purpose and role of degree accreditation, how the system can support the skills requirements of employers, and how the system can improve graduate employability. This paper provides an update in the context of one professional body -- BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT -- of what has happened in response to the recommendations of the Shadbolt Review, focusing on ongoing enhancement projects, as well as commentary and recommendations for future activities and initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, 4th Conference on Computing Education Practice (CEP 2020): January 9th 2020, Durham, UK
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377294
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


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