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eBCS Oxfordshire December 2009
Seasons Greetings
In this month's newsletter, some thoughts for the New Year, events around and about the Oxfordshire area and, finally, BCS Oxfordshire would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Is IT a Profession?

Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director for Professionalism
January 21, 2009 at 7 for 7.30

Science Oxford

IT often assumes the role of a servant but IT doesn’t just support business, it powers business. Has the IT profession come of age and is it seen as equivalent to the other professions represented in Boardrooms? An alternative view: that IT is a ‘trade’ and does not have the professional status of the law or accountancy, will also be debated. 

Venue: Oxford e-Research Centre, 8 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG. 

BCS Oxfordshire in the New Year

Some Exciting Events to Be Aware Of

We have some very interesting events in store for the New Year and well worth making a note in your calendar now to be sure you attend.

Check out the Events Calendar at the BCS Oxfordshire website for additional information as it becomes available.

Items of Interest

Branch Meeting Programme
Our full meeting programme for 2009/10 is on the branch website. If you want a PDF for printing, that is also available. We are working on restoring the ability to automatically add events to your calendar through links on the website.

Specialist Groups
Did you know that BCS members can join up to five BCS Specialist Groups online? Just sign on to the Members' secure area, and click on "Specialist Groups" in the box headed "Manage your membership". You should then be able to join several Specialist Groups.

Members of the Specialist Group in Software Testing will be interested in our March meeting to be held in the inspiring offices of Sophos in Abingdon.

Oxford Geek Nights
Oxford Geek Nights offer a chance for web developers and designers in the local area to get together, share their skills and talk about new ideas, techniques and technologies. To learn more please visit their website.

BCS Overseas
Did you know that you do not have to live in the UK to attend a BCS lecture or meeting? For example, the US chapter of BCS is going from strength to strength. If you know if any ex-pat BCS members, be sure to let them know.

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Oxfordshire Branch meetings are open to BCS members and non-members. Unless otherwise stated, there is no charge and you don't have to book.

For other events, check the links.

21 January 2010
Is IT a Profession?

18 February 2010
An Introduction to Geospatial Systems

11 March 2010
Testing Software Quality

29 April 2010
Visit to UKAEA Fusion & JET

20 May 2010
Sciences in Oxford's History - An Afternoon Guided Walking Tour

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