It’s all about community, picture by Thomas Hawk is licensed CC-BY-NC

Who are we? Our community of journal clubbers meets monthly to discuss peer-reviewed papers on Computer Science Education (CSE), typically published at conferences and in journals. Anyone is welcome to join, and we’ve had participants from industry and academia. As of 2020, we’ve had staff from the Universities around the UK including Bath (bath.ac.uk), Bristol (uwe.ac.uk), Canterbury (kent.ac.uk), Durham (dur.ac.uk), Edge Hill (edgehill.ac.uk), Edinburgh (napier.ac.uk), Glasgow (gla.ac.uk), Lancaster (lancaster.ac.uk), London (qmul.ac.uk), Manchester (manchester.ac.uk, mmu.ac.uk), Nottingham (nottingham.ac.uk), Oxford (brookes.ac.uk), Sheffield (shu.ac.uk) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge, UK (raspberrypi.org) participating. Each meetup typically has between 10 to 20 participants.

Evidence-based Education?

Our journal club will primarily be of interest to practitioners (teachers, lecturers, trainers etc) who are interested in how they can improve their teaching by using published research insights. Let’s call it evidence-based education. Consequently, this journal club is also likely to be of interest to:

  • Educators who teach some flavour of computing at school, FE college or University
  • Engineers who lead teams and are responsible for the continuing professional development (CPD) of their team
  • Employers who employ and train software engineers, data scientists, developers, coders and programmers etc
  • Employees your employer has sent you on a training program or bootcamp to build your computing skills. What do you need to learn new computational skills? How can you learn it?
  • Trainers who train and develop the talent of others in computing, for example at coding boot camps and the like
  • Trainees on coding and technical training courses, how could your training be improved?
  • Students what are your experiences of learning computer science at school, college or University? How could they be improved?
  • Scientists and researchers with an interest in pedagogy. You’re interested in the theory and practice of how people learn and how that knowledge can be used to improve teaching
  • Everyone and anyone who is curious. Our doors are open, this is not an ivory tower. Everyone has something to learn, everyone has something to teach.

All welcome, if you’d like to join, see join-us.


We’d like to thank Steven Bradley, Sally Fincher, Quintin Cutts and Jane Waite for their help, advice and support in getting this journal club started and keeping it going.

Thanks to all our past and present journal clubbers – we can’t do it without you!