Co-Constructing a Community of Practice for Early-Career Computer Science Academics in the UK

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

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Abstract

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 publicationCEP ’22
Subtitle of host publicationACM Computing Education Practice Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Nov 2021
EventACM Computing Education Practice Conference 2022 - Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jan 20226 Jan 2022
Conference number: 6
https://cepconference.webspace.durham.ac.uk/

Conference

ConferenceACM Computing Education Practice Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleCEP 20202
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityDurham
Period6/01/226/01/22
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