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Who are we?

SPA (pronounced 'spar') is the Software Practice Advancement specialist group of the British Computer Society. Read about our aims and mission here.

What do we do?

How do I join?

Although everyone can attend BCS SPA meetings, those attending more than one or two are encouraged to join the British Computer Society at the appropriate grade. You'll find everything you need to know about joining SPA here.

What else is on this site?

The materials from past events are here, along with newsletters and other useful materials. There's a wiki for discussion of related topics.


The Cambridge chapter of SPA organises regular meetings. There is also a fledgling chapter in Guernsey.

There are a number of friendly organisations whose goals are broadly sympathetic to those of SPA, and with whom SPA has had cross-sponsorship or other arrangements in the past.

Where's OOPS?

Find out why BCS OOPS changed its name to SPA. Or read more about SPA's twenty year history.


SPA 2014 Conference

The SPA2014 Conference runsĀ in London from 29th June to 2nd July, 2014. The conference brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development.

Now in it's 18th year, the conference continues its tradition of active participation. Early bird registration is available now..

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring the conference .

Next evening meeting (London)

ARM yourself - an Architectural Reference Model for enterprise apps
Wed 7 May 2014, 18:30
[Full London programme]

Next evening meeting (Cambridge)

The Cambridge programme is currently in abeyance. However, you can attend some Software East events free of charge.
Software East event programme