UKCRC Membership FAQS
Applying for UKCRC Membership
Frequently Asked Questions
What is UKCRC?
The UK Computing Research Community (UKCRC) is a UK based membership organisation, which aims to represent the interests of the UK computing research community. For example, UKCRC aims to act as an informed and responsible public voice with respect to matters relating to computing, but particularly with respect to computing research. Also, members of UKCRC meet with members of government to discuss issues relating to the funding of computing research, and the assessment of UK computing research quality via the RAE/REF. The formal status of UKCRC is that it is an “expert panel” of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), British Computer Society (BCS), and the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC). The IET and BCS are the UK professional bodies relating to computing, while the CPHC is the body representing heads of departments and professors of computing. The “expert panel” status means that UKCRC works in cooperation with these organisations, focussing on research matters in particular. UKCRC organises and endorses a number of events, and from time to time issues press releases and similar.
Why Should I Want to be a Member of UKCRC?
For at least two reasons.
Who can be a Member of UKCRC?
Anybody with a legitimate interest in UK computing research can apply to be a member; in this sense, membership is open. However, the aim of UKCRC is that membership carries with it some seniority status. That is, applicants for membership are required to give evidence of international research leadership.
What is Evidence of International Research Leadership?
Indicators of international research leadership include, but are by no means restricted to:
How do I apply?
The formal process is as follows: send an application to the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org), which should include:
(All applications will be treated confidentially.)
How Will My Application be Evaluated?
Applications are considered quarterly by the UKCRC membership committee. Essentially, the committee ask the following question: Does this candidate show evidence of international research leadership in computing? In reaching a conclusion on this question, the panel will consider both the nature and volume of evidence presented. Where the answer is “yes”, an applicant is usually accepted for membership; where it is “no”, membership is declined.
Are Applications Ever Rejected?
Yes. A significant fraction of applications are unsuccessful.
Why Are Applications Rejected?
The main criterion for membership is that the applicant demonstrates evidence of international research leadership. Not surprisingly, therefore, the single biggest reason for applications being declined is that the applicant does not demonstrate this. Several scenarios seem to recur:
My Application was Rejected – Can I Appeal?
If your application was unsuccessful, then the panel will try (within reason) to give you feedback on why. If you or the panel feel that you could present your case better, then you can re-apply for membership. If you choose to do this, we urge you to take seriously any advice that the membership panel may give you about missing or weak elements of your case, and not to re-apply until you genuinely feel these elements are addressed. The panel reserves the right not to consider applicants who have made repeated failed applications.
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