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The BCS Specialist Group provides networking opportunities for all BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group's main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls and women to enter IT as a career.BCSWomen works with partners to offer networking opportunities, CV Masterclasses and events for undergraduate women interested in IT careers.The BCS Women's Forum is a focal point for discussion to inform policies and action across the sector, helping to share knowledge with a wider community and building inclusive workplace and training cultures.                                                                                            

The Forum has a strategic panel to help shape the work programme, to raise awareness of the need for action and to build an inclusive IT profession that is better for women.BCSWomen e-group was established in October 2001, to connect women of all ages from around the globe through a network dedicated to women working in IT worldwide. It currently has approximately 1000 members throughout the UK.  Many of these women are specialists in diverse and interesting areas of IT: development, system deployment, network administration, project management, people management, and so on.  There is still a big shortage of women in this area, yet those that do take this route will normally find themselves in work that is very interesting, and in an environment that is dynamic and highly motivated. They can however miss female contact in their work place. It is hoped that the networking opportunities provided by this e-group should help to fill this gap.

See http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.8630 for details.

Public Appointments in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) PDF Print E-mail

Women are under-represented in public appointments in the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) sector.  Greater representation would benefit the future productivity of the UK and the lifetime earnings and career aspirations of women.  Public appointment allows women to contribute to SET and society, offers the chance to acquire new skills and knowledge, and to work with new people.

UKRC was launched in September 2004 as the Government’s lead organisation to supply advice, services and policy consultation regarding the under-representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). 

UKRC is working in partnership with the Government to effect 40% female representation on SET public bodies by 2011.  According to figures compiled by UKRC in 2006 and based on Cabinet Office data, women members currently comprise 26% of the 59 public bodies making decisions about SET.  The overall representation of women as new appointees and re-appointees to public bodies was 36.6% in 2006.  Further, 92% of directors of SET firms are men, compared to 87.5% in non-SET firms.  p>

There are 2 strands of the UKRC’s strategy in relation to public appointments.  p>

1. To build the supply of women applying for public appointments generally, and targeted SET bodies.
2. To work with government departments on demand within the recruitment process. 

UKRC’s specific supportive actions include:-

  • Promoting and disseminating information regarding vacancies on their website and to contacts,
  • Mentoring scheme to support women interested in appointments to public bodies. 
  • ‘GetSETWomen’ online database to raise the visibility and profile of women in SET, and give relevant information regarding vacancies and seminars
  • Working with Government departments, Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) and the Cabinet Office on best practice and support,
  • Best Practice Guides in the gender equality area; and consultancy services to raise awareness, alongside others involved in the process such as recruitment agencies.

 For further information regarding the work of UKRC, click here and here.

Public appointments - find out more PDF Print E-mail

If you are interested in finding out more about public appointments, follow the links below.

Appointments Commission

Specialise in the recruitment, training and appraisal of people for board level public appointments to NHS bodies, ministerial advisory bodies and other arm's length bodies in England.

This website provides and overview of public appointments, how to apply and also lists vacancies including information about becoming a school governor.


One Stop Shop for School Governors
One Stop Shop is a small, highly successful charity, which recruits volunteers, from many Black Minority Ethnic communities, to become governors in schools across England.


Changes - Women take part

To establish practical ways in which grass roots women can become engaged as school governors.

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London Councils "Be a Councillor campaign"

Working with Capital Ambition and the Leadership Centre for Local Government on the 'Be a Councillor' campaign, which is about making people more aware of the work of their local council, and councillors, with a view to encouraging more people to consider standing in the 2010 elections


Operation Black Vote
OBV is a leading non-party political organisation, whose main aim is to encourage those from a Black, Minority Ethnic background to take a greater part in the electoral process.


Magistrates Association
This website contains lots of useful information about how to become a magistrate in your local area.


Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The Councillors Commission PDF Print E-mail

The Government has taken a series of measures to boost the number of women participating in public life, including establishing the Councillors' Commission to increase the diversity of Local Government Councillors so that communities are better represented.

The Commission was set up by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in February 2007 as an independent review to look at the incentives and barriers that encourage or deter people from standing for election as councillors.The Councillors Commission was chaired by Dr Jane Roberts DBE, former Leader of the London Borough of Camden. The Commission published its recommendations in its report Representing the future on 10 December 2007. The Government is currently considering the Commission's report and will be publishing a response later this year.

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women Councillors Taskforce

The Government has established a Taskforce to address the under representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women Councillors. The Taskforce will be working closely with the Department of Communities and Local Government, who will soon be responding to the Councillors Commission report Representing the Future which made recommendations aimed at reducing barriers and increasing the incentives for people to stand and serve as councillors.The initiative lies at the heart of the Government's priorities for women which were set out last summer and included, increasing the number of BAME women on local councils.

BAME women account for less than 1% of England's 20,000 councillors. To be more representative of society as a whole, the number of BAME Women Councillors needs to be increased more than five-fold - from 168 of all councillors in England to nearer a thousand.The Taskforce is being chaired by Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green and will initially last for 12 months. The members will include BAME women councillors and former councillors from every region in England, as well as from Scotland and Wales.

The Taskforce will identify and take practical action to increase awareness and build confidence and skills; reach out into communities to encourage women to step forward to become local councillors; identify and tackle barriers within political parties; and reduce disadvantage and stereotyping from within and outside the communities.

The Taskforce will be supported in its work by the Ministers for Women and Equalities and secretariat will be provided by the Government Equalities Office. 

More information on the Taskforce is available on the Government Equalities Office website

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Cabinet Office and WNC Project PDF Print E-mail

In March 2008 we began working with the Cabinet Office on a new initiative to encourage more women to apply for posts on public bodies.

Working with four Government departments - the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Home Office - and the Appointments Commission, we are publicising a selection of current advertisements for posts on the boards of public bodies and are encouraging women with the specified skills and experience to apply for these advertisements and others.

Getting a Public Appointment 

Public Appointment opportunities exist at three levels; at national level; at regional level; and at local level. Many women might feel they do not currently possess all the skills required for a national level post, so may benefit from taking up an opportunity at a local level. The experience gained over time, may lead to an application for a post at national-level, in the future.

If you have a website, we would encourage you to add a link to the Cabinet Office's webpage (www.publicappts-vacs.gov.uk) or the webpage for the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) (http://www.ocpa.gov.uk/).

We believe that by sharing information on public appointments and engaging women in dialogue about the importance of their representations within public appointments, we will encourage more women to apply.

Current Public Appointment vacancies

Majority of public appointments are advertised online. For information on which appointments are currently available, use the links below. 

Public appointments at Communities and Local Government
Appointments commission website
CabinetOffice website

Positions Available

Chair of The Commission for Local Administration in England and Local Government Ombudsman


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