Full accreditation shows London Met’s computing credentials

11 courses in computing have received accreditation from the British Computer Society.
Date: 5 December 2014

London Metropolitan University’s School of Computing has received accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS) for 11 of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

In a rare move for the BCS, all 5 undergraduate courses in the School were given Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditations, the BCS’s own Chartered qualification, at the same time. Additionally, all 6 postgraduate courses were accredited for meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning registration, with 4 of them being given partial Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) accreditation.

The BCS also backdated the accreditations, meaning London Met graduates will benefit from the CITP endorsements, as well as new students on the courses.

Dr Stan Zakrzewski, Associate Head of the School of Computing at London Met, led the accreditation project – a process which took nearly four years.

He said: “It was a real team effort and a great example of staff working together to achieve a common goal. Without the support of colleagues and an immense will to succeed, we could never have accomplished this for our students.

“The students’ efforts during the accreditation process were also very important, and the panel of judges from the BCS said how impressed they were with them”.

Current and former students and employers all benefit

The elaborate process included a preliminary visit, resulting in a recommendation, and a full visit from the BCS panel, attended by all the staff at the School, and several students from the various courses.

The academic accreditation means that both current and future London Met graduates will fulfil the industry standard requirements that most employees are looking for. The backdating of the courses means that both current and future students can benefit from the accreditation.

Ramzi Djemai, a second year Computer Science student at the school said “It is great to be on a course that is accredited by a professional body which helps open up job opportunities for us.”

Professor Dominic Palmer-Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing at London Met, said: “It is an important step in recognising the hard work of all our staff, but it is also important to note that these accreditations would not have happened without the dedication of our students.

“As employability is at the core of our curriculum, London Met places a great importance on making sure that all our courses are up to the standard sought by employers, and this accreditation strongly represents that.”

New Student Society

The accreditation of the courses has also led to a BCS Student Society being set up by student, Jason Krumm.

Jason said: “The society will be affiliated with the BCS, so we are hoping for a lot of support from them.”

“Having a BCS student society means that students can meet professionals and learn about what is going on in the industry. This also allows students to put forward ideas, work on projects and improve IT, as well as the network with other likeminded professionals.

“We also aim to connect with other societies such as King's College computer society and plan on doing events and projects with other societies and universities.”

Talking about the accreditation, Jason said: “This is fantastic for the students and the University.
“Having accreditation from the BCS means that students know that the course
they are studying is approved by the industry and meets the standards required for today's job market.”

The accreditation cements London Met’s excellent reputation for computer sciences. The University is already a CISCO Academy, and is home to an IBM Smarter Planet Lab, giving students the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.

 

For more information please contact:

Larissa Schneider (Press Office queries)
PR & Internal Communications
l.schneider@londonmet.ac.uk
020 7133 3992

Dr Stan Zakrzewski (Course queries)
Associate Head (School of Computing) and Academic Group Leader (Computer Science and Creative Technologies)
Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing
s.zak@londonmet.ac.uk
020 7133 4589


Accredited Courses

Accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration:

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology [backdated to 2011]
BEng (Hons) Computer Networking [backdated to 2013]
BSc (Hons) Computer Science [backdated to 2011]
BSc (Hons) Computing [backdated to 2011]
BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and IT Security [backdated to 2012]

Accredited as meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) Further Learning registration AND partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration:

MSc Computer Networking [backdated to 2013]
MSc Computer Forensics and IT Security [backdated to 2012]
MSc Software Development [backdated to 2013]
MSc Computer Science [backdated to 2012]

Accredited as meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) Further Learning registration.

MSc Information Technology [backdated to 2012]
MSc Information Technology (Distance Learning) [backdated to 2013]