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User Experience Competency Framework


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This site collates the information for, and generated by,  UXCF2010 and UXCF2011, which kick-started formal definition of UX competency, and aims to define UX model curricula for short courses, modules and degrees.

This led to a paper (McEwan, 2012) presented at the BCS one-day conference Using SFIA in education and workplace learning in Milton Keynes in July 2012, and to changes to the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), which, in version 5 (2012), for the first time defines UX-specific roles in detail. This reflects over ten years of activity by many different members of BCS Interaction SG, working with many other colleagues from IET, UXPA-UK, UXPA-Scotland and IEHF, to get UX, usability and other HCI-related roles recognised by the computing profession.

The history of BCS Interaction SG's engagement with SFIA is summarised  in "Playing the game: HCI careers in the competency era", from HCI Educators 2009.

Discussions are ongoing for a further event, UXCF2014. Other useful bodies connected to this effort are the European Society for Socially Embedded Technology and  the ACM SigCHI Public Policy group.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for these events was two-fold – lecturers and trainers who teach UX and related areas, and those responsible for planning and maintaining skill-sets of UX teams in industry and the public sector. The expected number of participants is ten from each group plus the organisers, plus a small number of observers.

Main Contact

School of Computing
Edinburgh Napier University
Merchiston Campus
Edinburgh EH10 5DT
T 0131 455 2793
E t.mcewan@napier.ac.uk