The early career of a computer science (CS) academic in the UK is increasingly challenging in terms of balancing research aspirations, learning and teaching responsibilities, wider academic service commitments, alongside their own professional development. The development of an early-career CS academic is mediated in part by the strength of the community of practice with which they are able to access and engage. And not just ones that operate within their department or institution; but also communities of practice that exist at a national and international level, often through professional bodies, learned societies and research networks. This poster presents the emerging work-in-progress to address some of these social, cultural and structural challenges in developing a CS education community of practice in the UK. Building on recent work, we identify a number of specific actions and recommendations to supplement the current formal institutional requirements with enhanced national-level academic practice support and professional development, alongside local and regional professional mentoring.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2021
Event26th ACM Conference Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 28 Jun 20211 Jul 2021


Conference26th ACM Conference Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleITiCSE '21

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  • UK
  • community of practice
  • computer science education
  • early-career academics
  • professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education


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