Welcome to the BCS Bedford Website

COVID-19 Coronavirus Interim arrangement

The BCS Bedford Schools Competition is going ahead with virtual groups working remotely. Please share the information with your school and this could be a piece of STEM-focused learning that you can do at home.

We pray for your good health, until we meet again.

July Update:

  • The submission is closed.
  • The award winners shall be informed on 10 July and announced on the BCS Bedford Competition website.
  • Subject to government school and meeting guidelines at the time, BCS Bedford aims to organise an award presentation ceremony in September. This may be an online event.
  • Student prizes and school trophies shall be sent to the schools in September. Year 6 students leaving their current school please ensure their school have permission to give us information about how to contact you.

Next Meeting

In the current situation, BCS Bedford Branch is stopping face to face meetings in the current programme year.

In the new programme year, we have speakers ready to share about Quantum Computing and a visit to the Cranfield University Multi User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) experimental facility.

The committee will respond to the situation as best we can.

In this difficult time, we encourage you to use the Branch LinkedIn and Facebook Group to remain contact with us.

We shall update and communicate through the website and these on line channels. We are also exploring other online channels and shall invite you to join when we are ready.

Branch Background

BCS Bedford Branch has about 950 members registered, about 400 are based in the Bedford area and another 360 in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We also have members as far afield as Auckland, Texas, Singapore, Karachi and Lagos.

The geographical area is largely rural with concentrations of business and professional employment in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. A sizable body of professionals commute to work in London. There are four universities in our patch and a number of FE colleges.

We have meetings most months. The main series of meetings is in the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford. These meetings are opened to non-BCS members and have been well supported by local business and students.

BCS Bedford Branch has two strategic initiatives in our local area. Since the 2013 academic year, we have been running an annual school competition to encourage Key Stage 3 students (11-13 years old) to develop coding skills and take up Computing as one of their GCSE subjects. The Branch has also been working with the Bedfordshire Police Cyber Hub since its launch in 2015 to help in their Prevent agenda, promoting knowledge to avoid citizens and businesses becoming victims of cybercrime

We work with the local IET branch, the Royal Aeronautical Society as well as the Federation of Small Business to coordinate meetings.

Student prizes are awarded to all four local universities.

Receiving Information about BCS Bedford activities

The branch has a LinkedIn Group open to all members and those interested

if you are not a member of BCS and would like periodic updates about forthcoming branch events and other items which we feel may be of interest to you then you can subscribe to our email list. You can subscribe to our email list by sending a blank email to bednonmem-join@lists.bcs.org.uk. Please note that by subscribing to the email list you are not joining BCS Bedford Branch.

We will only use your email address to advise your about forthcoming BCS Bedford Branch events and other items which we feel may be of interest to you. To remove your email address from the BCS Bedford Branch email list please send an email to groups@bcs.uk with ‘Unsubscribe from bednonmem@lists.bcs.org.uk’ as the subject.

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