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Who are we?

SPA (pronounced 'spar') is the Software Practice Advancement specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. 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 BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 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 and to our playlist on YouTube.


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 thirty year history.


SPA 2024 Conference

The annual BCS Software Practice Advancement conference "Software in Practice" brings together experts and practitioners to share the latest thinking in software development. The 2022 conference was scaled down to a free one-day hybrid event on 22 June as we cautiously ventured back into in-presence meeting territory. Recordings of the sessions are available.

No conference is currently planned for 2024. It's a lot of work to put together a conference and the level of participation in recent years has been frankly disappointing. Please get in touch with the committee if you would be interested in reviving the annual conference.

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

Next evening meeting (London)

7th May 2024, 18:30-20:00. Quintin Balsdon: Design for Accessibility. BCS London and live-streamed.

[Full London programme]