Oxford Brookes Digital Marketing Masterclass

BCS Oxfordshire Members,

I wanted to let you know that I am co-organising a digital marketing masterclass with Mark Schaefer and Ana Silva O’Reilly on identifying and tapping into online influencers. It takes place in our campus on June 23rd 2014, between 12.45pm – 5.00pm. The course costs £100, including a light lunch.

I thought that this might interest the BCS Oxfordshire members, for CPD purposes.

More information and registration here (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/marketing-master-class–business-influence-in-the-social-media-age/)

Dr. Ana Isabel Canhoto
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Program Leader – MSc Marketing
Oxford Brookes University
Business School
Wheatley Campus
Oxford OX33 1HX

CMSG Conference Update – 10 June 2014

Change Management – The Why and the How

Don’t miss the opportunity to register now for the CMSG June 2014 Conference where there’ll be a focus on the exciting element of Change

Register Here

Change Management

Our CCRM stream kicks off with a view of the future of transition processes and activities from ITIL author and ITSM thought leader Stuart Rance.  He will be guiding us both as the ‘How’ to do progressive service releases but also ‘Why’ elaborating on the value of these processes and how to communicate that.

itSMF’s own Transition SIG Chair, Richard Horton, will be presenting on how to ‘DO’ Change Management, providing us with the benefit of his years of experience in the field.

This will be followed up by CMSG’s Chair, Richard Josey, who will be leading a workshop style discussion covering the key decision points in building Change processes and aligning them to the needs of an organization.

We look forward to joining you for what will be an exceptionally exciting event – the BCS CMSG Conference 2014.

Register now, before it’s too late!

The CMSG Conference 2014 is on 10 June, 2014. To find out more, visit the BCS CMSG Conference Website here.
We would like to thank our sponsors:


We look forward to seeing you there!
BCS CMSG Events Coordinator

[Event Summary] Lotus F1 Factory Tour


Tony Cox of Lotus F1 gave a small group of people a very privileged and personalized tour of the Lotus F1 factory. With an initial introduction to the history of the facilities at Enstone (which are much larger than you would think as some parts are actually underground), and the various recognizable names the cars ran under, we then moved off on a walking tour of the various parts of the complex.

Lotus F1 Showroom

Lotus F1 Showroom

While photography was not permitted in many areas for obvious reasons we were able to see people hard at work producing parts destined to be used on the cars in upcoming races. It was impressive not both on the technical complexity and detail of the parts but the dedication of the people in the factory working, it would seem, all hours of the day and night to get the parts designed, built and fitted.

Lotus F1 Car

Lotus F1 Car

At the end of the tour we were presented with a room packed full of trophies collected by the team over the years. A very impressive display highlighted with a scale model of the F1 car used for wind tunnel testing suspended vertically on a display wall.

LotusF1WindTunnelCar   LotusF1Trophies   LotusF1MonacoTrophy

We would like to thank Lotus F1 for allowing us in to look around their facilities during the race season when attention, obviously, is all focused on building a race winning car.

This event was greatly over-subscribed and we are hoping to arrange another opportunity for those who applied but missed out this time. We will be in touch with those people directly when this is confirmed.

Essentials of Online Marketing


Jayne Reddyhoff, eCommerce Adviser

Are you getting the most out of your eCommerce website? This talk will include the practical use of Keywords, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Website Usability, Google AdWords and Online Reputation management.

About Jayne Reddyhoff

Jayne Reddyhoff is a business consultant specialising in online marketing. Prior to setting up The Ecommerce Adviser in 2005, Jayne worked for a number of blue chip Technology & Consultancy organisations where she gained her business knowledge.

The Ecommerce Adviser provides business focused website marketing services to ambitious Ecommerce businesses who want to increase sales and profitability.

We do that in three ways:

  • Using Google AdWords to deliver ready-to-buy visitors to Ecommerce websites.
  • Ensuring the website will convert those visitors into paying customers.
  • Monitoring website performance to determine what is working and what needs to be improved.

Jayne herself provides strategic online marketing consultancy to The Ecommerce Adviser’s larger clients.

Event Posters

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Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 15 May 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

[Event Summary] Computing At Schools

[Event Summary] From Cloud Computing to Platform as a Service

London West Branch – From cave to cloud – the expanding perimeter of security

British AirwaysBritish Airways hosting London West branch event.

Speaker: Justin Harling, Managing Director CAE Technology Services
Date: Tuesday 20th May 2014
Time: Registration at 17:00
Venue: British Airways Head Office – Waterside

The emergence of Cloud is another example in a history of IT security where the scope of the threat has widened and the challenge faced by IT departments has deepened.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How threats have developed over time – what history teaches us about security
  • How existing threats are relevant in the Cloud computing age – the constant of malicious attacks and user idiocy
  • The new challenges of public and private cloud infrastructures – the importance of trust
  • Cloud based security as an opportunity – every cloud has a silver lining

For further information please visit the BCS West London Branch webpage.



[Event Summary] Computing in Schools

Computing in Schools

[Event Summary] Medical Imaging Now and the Big Data Future

Medical Imaging Presentation Image

Medical Imaging and the Big Data future

Computing in Schools

Computing in Schools

Simon Humphreys, Coordinator Computing at School (CAS)

Simon frequently gives talks about the work of Computing At School (CAS), it’s connections to BCS and the current situation re development of a new computing curriculum in schools and how IT Professionals can get involved to support what is happening in their local schools. From September 2014 all schools (primary and secondary) that follow the National curriculum will see significant changes from the old ICT curriculum to the newly branded and redesigned Computing curriculum. This will not be easy for many as most teachers currently teaching ICT do not have a computer science background. The need for training and support is urgent. CAS are playing a lead role in the development of the curriculum and are also putting into place a training scheme for all teachers. There is a role for IT Professionals to engage with their local school and offer their own help and support to the teachers.


Simon Humphreys – Biography

sahSimon is the National Coordinator for the Computing At School working, which roughly translates to managing the day-to-day activities of the CAS group!  Simon taught music before a hearing impairment forced a change in direction and he went back to university.  Having graduated with a first-class degree he taught A Level Computing at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. It was there that his concerns were first raised at the lack of continuity in our schools for those students wishing to engage with computer science from secondary school on.  With colleagues and friends from other schools, academia and industry he formed the Computing At School working group.  He has overseen the development of CAS from a small group of 20 to an organisation of over 9500 members.  Simon is also responsible for the development of the CAS/BC Network of Excellence for Computer Science Teaching.  In whatever spare time he has left he is writing and arranging music for the nationally regarded Cambridge Touring Theatre Company.

Event Poster

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Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 6 March 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

From Cloud Computing to Platform as a Service


Andy Piper. Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry
February 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This will explore how the use of cloud computing has grown. Andy has a passionate interest in Open Source, small and mobile devices, cloud, the Internet of Things, Arduino and related technologies. He is probably best known online as a “social bridgebuilder”. He was previously with IBM Software Group for more than 10 years.

Event Poster

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Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 13 February 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

BCS Berkshire February Event – Quadricopters and Nodecopters

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s a Nodecopter!

Quadricopters and Nodecopters – 18th February 7.30-9.30pm

In the hassle and activity of everyday life in the IT industry, do you ever wonder why you got involved in the first place? This event will remind you how much fun, and learning, there can be in thinking up new ideas and solutions. Nodecopter events are one day hackathons organised around developing apps to control a quadricopter (AR Drone 2.0) with an opensource, easy to use, javscript based interface. Andrew Nesbitt will talk about the technical platform that makes this possible and the kind of apps people have developed (which include teaching the ‘copter to run at a red flag!), complete with a demo of the kind of tricks you can get the ‘copter to perform.

Location: Henley Business School, University of Reading

19:00 Networking
19:30 Quadricopters and Nodecopters – Presentation and Demo by Andrew Nesbitt

20:30 Q&A and Networking
21:30 Close

Cost to attend:

To book:

Bookings for this special event are now open at berkshire.bcs.org

[Event Summary] Wall to Wall Raspberry Pi

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Medical Imaging Now and the Big Data Future


Professor Sir Michael Brady FRS FREng FMedSci

Medical science and practice continue to be transformed by Computer Science and Engineering, particularly by imaging.  This talk outlines some of the ways in which medical imaging has evolved: from anatomy to physiology to function; from the generation of images to inform a clinician to numbers that quantify disease and its evolution; increasingly deep linkages to molecular biology; and, by embracing cloud technology and big data, providing new opportunities for science and novel business opportunities.

Event Poster

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Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 23 January 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

Talent Pool: take the plunge back into work – 28 February

Oxfordshire parents returning to work and other people wanting to explore flexible working are being offered the chance to network with prospective employers at Talent Pool, a one off event organised by Oxfam’s IT department with support from BCS.

Three inspirational speakers, including Oxfam’s CIO, will start the event, explaining the motivations behind Talent Pool and a reminder of the value a flexible workforce brings to any workplace. Participants can then network with the organisations in the ‘market place’ and access specialist information such as how best to use LinkedIn.

Organisations taking part in the event, which will take place at Oxfam House in Cowley, include BCS, global technology and consulting company IBM, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfam.

The free event takes place on 28 February between 9.15 and 11am. An accredited free crèche is also available.

People interested in attending, whether in a participant or business capacity, can email Sally Otter at talentpool@oxfam.org.uk