Co-constructing a community of practice for early-career computer science academics in the UK

Tom Crick, James H. Davenport, Paul Hanna, Alan Hayes, Alastair Irons, Keith Miller, Tom Prickett, Rupert Ward, Becky Allen, Bhagyashree Patil, Simon Payne

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Early-career academics across all disciplines in the UK face significant challenges, and computer science is no exception. There are challenges in terms of developing an independent research career, delivering high quality learning and teaching, maintaining their own professional development, as well as wider academic service commitments. Tertiary education institutions in the UK often provide support through some combination of mentoring, coaching, and training. Early-career faculty often have to work towards professional recognition of their teaching, either by direct application or via successful completion of an accredited institutional taught postgraduate course. This paper reports on progress towards supplementing institutional-level support through an evolving UK-wide initiative, co-constructed with early-career academics, to build diverse and resilient communities of practice in computer science. Insights are provided as to how the initiative supplements current institutional approach and is underpinned by national-level academic practice developmental events, professional body engagement, alongside cross-institutional mentoring and buddying schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 6th Conference on Computing Education Practice, CEP 2022
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450395618
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Conference on Computing Education Practice, CEP 2022 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jan 20226 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference6th Conference on Computing Education Practice, CEP 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online


  • Early-career academics
  • Community of practice
  • Professional development
  • Co-construction


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