Defence Technology Club Rules

(Revised 2013)

Object of the Club

1. The object of the Defence Technology Club (DTC) (hereinafter called “the Club”) is to provide a forum for members to share knowledge about activities and developments in defence technology and in the management of defence acquisition.  It will develop relationships with the defence and security sector including trade associations in order to promote mutual understanding, share information and facilitate closer individual contacts.  It will work closely with the military and academic staff at Shrivenham to share and spread academic understanding of defence technology and defence management amongst its members.

Constitution

2. The Club shall consist of:

a. Ordinary Members.

b. Associate Members.

c. Honorary Members.

Ordinary Members

3. There are three eligibility criteria for Ordinary Membership of the Club: Course Attendance; current or past Employment; and Qualification. Candidates for Ordinary Membership should meet at least one of these criteria, as follows:

a. Course Attendance.  Successful completion of a course in science, technology or management delivered at Shrivenham or delivered elsewhere by one of the Defence Academy sub-units.  The course must have been designed to allow students to achieve the “Practitioner”[1]. level of skills (or higher) as laid out in the Government’s Procurement Profession Skills and Competency Framework. In addition, DA instructional staff who are routinely employed in the delivery of a qualifying course shall be eligible for Ordinary Membership once they have completed six months in that role.

b. Employment.  Serving military officers and Civil Servants who have been employed for at least two years in a professional[2] capacity in the technology or management areas of the UK defence and security technology community.

c. Qualification. Individuals who meet the educational, training and experience requirements to qualify for Chartered[3] Membership of an appropriate management or technology professional body.

In case of doubt the Club Secretary can advise on eligibility.  The final decision on admittance to membership lies with the Club Committee.

[1] Practitioner – “They display detailed knowledge of the subject and are capable of providing guidance and advice to others”.

[2] “Professional” normally implies Grade C2 and above.

[3] For example, Chartered Engineer.