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Oxford Brookes University are delighted to announce the unqualified success of the recent BCS accreditation event. Undergraduate courses were accredited from 2012, postgraduate courses from 2013.

Accreditation applies to all courses with the exception of the department’s three new undergraduate courses: Audio Engineering and Music Production, Computing for Robotic Systems and Digital Media Production. These courses will be reviewed for accreditation at a later date.

Accreditation is initial and will be completed when a cohort has graduated and the project reports and final year examinations have been approved.

The outcome was exceptional with no conditions (normally requiring a 90 day response) and two Best Practice commendations. This is extremely rare to receive, being higher than the standard commendations normally given. The panel also commented that they had never before interviewed students who were so unanimously positive about their programmes.

Many congratulations to Head of Department Nigel Crook and his team.

Department hosts British Computer Society robotics event

On 9 October a BCS evening with Artie the Robothespian, one of the department’s resident robots, was hosted by Head of Department Nigel Crook. A crowd of visitors of all ages were treated to a delicious buffet supper while Artie and his friends Baxter the research robot and the Nao twins Robbie and Archie, provided an interactive evening of technological fun.