UKICER 2020 going online!

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education is going online!

While we will miss meeting physically in person, we looking forward to welcoming many more to our community, both nationally and internationally, with reduced registration fees and interactive online sessions. The approach also allows us to simplify and extend deadline dates and provide more time to authors as booking accommodation and travel are no longer a constraint. The abstract deadline is Friday the 3rd of July 2020 with full papers expected the following week on Friday the 10th of July 2020.

Welcome to UKICER 2020

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education is emerging as one of the leading venues nationally and internationally for researchers and practitioners to meet and share advances in computing science education.

The UKICER 2020 theme is gathering ideas together and has been chosen to emphasise that (1) computing science education research comprises of many different areas and ideas, including cyber security and data science, and (2) to celebrate practice that brings people together and makes the most of people in the same space.

We are a diverse and inclusive community bringing together researchers, academics, industry practitioners and teachers from across the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as from the rest of Europe and the wider world.

The conference takes place on Thursday 3rd of September and Friday 4th of September 2020 online

Call for Participation

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education is seeking high quality contributions to research relevant to computing science education. Contributions are sought in a variety of categories with emphasis on high-quality and rigorous work. Call for Participation (PDF).


We invite submissions of research papers on the topic of computing education. Themes of interest include:

  • Computing education pedagogy
  • Assessing and providing feedback on computing assignments
  • Issues of inclusivity and diversity
  • Tools to aid computing education
  • Computing education issues particularly relevant to a British and/or Irish context
All submissions related to computing education are welcome, at any stage of formal education (or outside formal education).

Papers should describe a rigorously executed piece of work, include a motivating research question and discussion of prior related work. We welcome:

  • Research papers describing a research experiment in a school, university or informal educational setting. The experiment should be rigorously conducted – if this is the case, null results will still be considered for publication.
  • Tool design papers which carefully document design constraints, user considerations, relevant pedagogical concerns, and justify the design decisions taken in a way that would be useful to other designers, and include details of user testing or other initial measures of effectiveness.

All submitted papers should have a research component. Papers focused purely on practice-related topics such as implementation of new curricula or new course designs may be better suited to our sister Computing Education Practice conference.


We invite proposals for running 1 to 2-hour workshops. The workshops should be relevant to British and Irish educators (in a university or school setting) and/or computing education researchers. Example workshops may be on the use of research techniques (e.g. qualitative methods), grant writing, pedagogical techniques (e.g. peer instruction), tools (e.g. programming environments, assessment tools), or any other topic which may be relevant to conference attendees.

Workshops will take place in the afternoon of first day of the conference. Workshop organisers will be given an opportunity to advertise their workshop via a one-minute lightning talk earlier in the conference.


Submissions for both research papers and workshop proposals must be made through Easychair. There is an option on the submission form to indicate whether the submission is a research paper or workshop proposal.

Any questions about submissions should be emailed to the General and Programme Chairs: Joseph Maguire ( and Quintin Cutts (

Submission format

Submissions must conform to the ACM proceeding template. The page limit is six pages, not counting the references. The references may occupy a seventh page if the paper reaches the six-page limit. Authors must ensure their submissions abide by the ACM Conflict of Interest Policy.

Authors must make an electronic submission in the form of a PDF file via EasyChair. Authors will need to create an EasyChair account, if they do not have one, and complete a submission form. The submission form requires authors to detail the submission type, title, abstract as well as contact information.

Submissions from authors must be anonymised to support the review process. The initial submission for review must be anonymised, authors must remove all references to them, including affiliations and any identifying information within the body of the submission.

Note that reviewers will assume they are reviewing completed works, as they will eventually appear in the conference proceedings. Do not submit incomplete drafts.

Workshop proposals should consist of a max 500 word abstract, which should include: details of the workshop’s content, practical requirements (e.g. group discussion tables, computer room, etc) whether or not this workshop has been run before, and intended take-away knowledge for participants.

Review process and publication

The review process is double-blind with authors required to submit anonymised artefacts. Each submission is reviewed by at least three members of the programme committee. Upon completion of reviews, reviewers enter the discussion stage and are expected to discuss their reviews anonymously, especially when notable differences exist. The programme chair utilises discussions and reviews to determine an appropriate balance of accepted papers.

Accepted submissions

If accepted, authors must submit camera-ready source files through the ACM Production System (TAPS). The camera-ready submission must include author details, affiliations and any relevant information previously removed for the purposes of review.

Authors are required to complete an electronic ACM e-Rights Transfer Application and include the appropriate ACM Right Statement and bibliographic strip in the camera-ready submission.

The camera-ready submission must also include and display the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS) index terms, as designated by the authors. The interactive ACM CCS tool can be used to generate the appropriate code block.

Authors that have questions or have encountered difficulties with the ACM authoring templates should contact the Aptara support team (

The final submission will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author must register for the conference and present the accepted paper for it to appear in the conference proceedings. All accepted submissions must be presented at the conference by a subset of the authors.

Publication of proceedings

The official publication date of the conference proceedings is when they become available via the digital repository. The specific date may be up to 14 days prior to the initial day of the conference. Contributors should be aware of this publication date when considering other artefacts associated with published work, e.g. patent filings.

Previous proceedings

The proceedings from the conference last year are available on the ACM Digital Library

Important Dates

There are several important dates for the UKICER conference.

Paper submissions

Milestone Date and Time
Call for Participation Thursday, January 9, 2020.
(250 words)

Friday, June 5, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Friday, July 3, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Full papers

Friday, June 12, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Friday, July 10, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Notification of paper acceptance

Friday, July 3, 2020.

Friday, July 31, 2020.

Final camera ready submission

Friday, July 24, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Friday, August 14, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12)

Other submissions

Milestone Date and Time
Call for Participation Thursday, January 9, 2020.
Workshop Proposal
(500 words)

Friday, June 12, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Friday, July 17, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).

Notification of workshop acceptance

Friday, July 3, 2020.

Friday, July 31, 2020.

Conference Schedule

Milestone Date and Time
Registration Opens Monday, July 6, 2020.
Registration Closes Monday, August 24, 2020, anywhere on Earth (UTC-12).
Workshops Thursday, September 3, 2020.
UKICER Conference Thursday, September 3 - Friday September 4, 2020.


The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference from the UK ACM Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education is going online!

Information for attendees, including joining instructions, conference programme, registration information will appear shortly.


General and Programme Chairs

Programme Committee

  • Yasemin Allsop, University College London
  • Dharini Balasubramaniam, University of St Andrews
  • Brett Becker, University College Dublin
  • Steven Bradley, Durham University
  • Neil Brown, King’s College London
  • Jake Byrne, Trinty College Dublin
  • Janet Carter, University of Kent
  • Thomas Crick, Swansea University
  • Paul Curzon, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Paul Dempster, University of Lancaster
  • Peter Donaldson, University of Glasgow
  • Rodrigo Duran, Aalto University
  • Rosanne English, University of Strathclyde
  • Sally Fincher, University of Kent
  • Tristen Henderson, University of St Andrews
  • Marie Devlin, University of Newcastle.
  • Meriel Huggard, Trinity College Dublin
  • Janet Hughes, The Open University
  • Duncan Hull, The University of Manchester
  • Mike Joy, University of Warwick
  • Graham Kirby, University of St Andrews
  • Michael Lodi, University of Bologna
  • Rachel Menzies, University of Dundee
  • Richard Millwood, Trinity College Dublin
  • Faron Moller, Swansea University
  • Emma Norling, University of Sheffield
  • Leo Porter, University of California San Diego
  • Keith Quille, TU Dublin
  • Sue Sentance, King’s College London
  • Beth Simon, University of California San Diego
  • Sally Smith, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Ian Utting, University of Kent
  • Jane Waite, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Michel Wermelinger, The Open University
  • Kyle White, VeryConnect
  • Adriana Wilde, University of Southampton
  • Guy Williamson, IBM
  • Heather Yorston, University of Edinburgh
  • Mark Zarb, Robert Gordon University.

Local Organising Committee


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