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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?

Lists of past and planned events are here, including presentation materials and/or notes in many cases, along with newsletters and other useful materials. There used to be a wiki for discussion of related topics, but it was not used much and so the content is now offered on a read-only basis.

You can jump from here directly to the London Meeting Programme.


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 ran 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. Session outputs are now available in the conference Wiki.

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

Next evening meeting (London)

Adventures in Source Code Management
Wed 3 December 2014, 18:00
[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