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BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Our mission as BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is to enable the information society – to make IT good for society.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT North Staffs Branch logo

As the professional body for computing, we promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice. We bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public.

Our vision is to be a world-class organisation for IT. Our 70,000 strong membership includes practitioners, businesses, academics and students in the UK and internationally. The British Computer Society has been instrumental in the support, development and recognition of Staffordshire University’s department of Computing and the BCS North Staffordshire Branch regularly holds meetings either online or physically (subject to Covid-19) at the Stoke-on-Trent campus.

Joining BCS is a great idea…

As a member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, you’ll enjoy a huge range of benefits to aid your studies including:

  • Networking opportunities
    • Access to top people and the latest thinking in IT
    • Dedicated Early Career support pathways
    • Online Member network
    • 40 UK branches and 15 international sections
    • 50 specialist groups
  • Free online library
    • Books 24/7 – 250 IT and business-related e-books
    • Up to 3 Forrester Research reports a month available to download
    • EBSCO databases – over 9000 journals and magazines on IT and science
  • Online services
    • Weekly and monthly e-newsletters
    • Latest IT industry news
    • Upcoming events, seminars and job opportunities
  • Professional development
    • First step towards Professional membership (MBCS)
    • Recognition from leading IT organisations
    • Defined route to Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status
  • Career development tools
    • Map out your career path and discover the skills you need
    • Plan the training and development you’ll need to get there
    • Get advice on writing CVs and letters and interview techniques
    • Mentoring support network

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