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What is the BCS royal charter?

What is the BCS royal charter?
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‘On 31 July 1984, Her Majesty the Queen was pleased, by and with the advice of her Privy Council… to accede to the humble Petition of the Company praying that ‘We should constitute a Corporation incorporated by our Royal Charter… ”

Since then, as the holders of the royal charter for computing, we’ve worked with organisations, government and individuals to raise standards to address the challenges facing our profession.

What does chartered status mean for BCS?

Having chartered status means we’re leading the industry and responsible for building a skilled, diverse, inclusive and ethical IT profession that delivers a safe digital future for society.

At the core of our charter is the declaration that everything we do should be to ‘promote the study and practice of computing and to advance knowledge and education therein for the benefit of the public.’

It gives us the power to ‘establish and maintain appropriate standards of education and experience for persons engaged in the profession of Computing.’

This means we promote safe and positive interactions with tech, for all. This is summarised in our motto, ‘Making IT good for society’.
Today that means we shine a light on big issues such as the persistent gender gap in computing education or the value of professional standards in cyber security, as well as working with our members to support events such as Pride month.

Read the full Royal Charter here.

The BCS royal connection

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent has been Patron of BCS since 1979 and in 1982, BCS’ silver jubilee year, he became president of the organization.

Our jubilee year was also known as ‘Information Technology Year’ – or IT82. As Computing History reports, ‘recognising the huge potential of IT to transform almost every part of society, including business, health, and education, the British government joined the drive to make the whole country aware of these benefit.’

In 1984, BCS petitioned for chartered status.

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