Equality and Diversity in the School of Computer Science
The School of Computer Science currently holds Athena SWAN Bronze Award status as a reflection of our commitment to creating an environment for all staff and students that is unified in its celebration of diversity.
We work hard to provide an environment that allows staff and students to thrive and excel in their education and career alike. The culture of the school supports equality, diversity and equal opportunities for all, and actively encourages a better representation throughout the staff and student base.
The School's commitments to Athena SWAN are coalescent with wider University initiatives such as WinSET (Women in Science and Technology) and our links to UK and EU initiatives aiming to promote science to women, support and inspire them to make decisions that are right for them: #NotJustForBoys and Science: It's a Girl Thing!
What we hope to achieve
The proportion of women represented in undergraduate computer science education is low and while we have improved the number of female students at postgraduate level, we will continue explore what could make CS a more attractive option for women at all levels.
Rebalancing gender at higher grades will take time but is a crucial goal for the School. We will identify areas of good practice in other STEM Schools that we can learn from.
Being awarded Bronze status, Athena SWAN recognises that our department is family friendly and this is somewhat key to our retention of the best quality of staff. Further, it recognises that although much more can be done in the future, we are moving in the right direction and have a series of goals to help implement these changes.
Women in Computer Science scholarship
Female home/EU undergraduate students who achieved AAA at A level (or equivalent) can apply for a £3,000 scholarship. To be eligible, students need to successfully pass the first year and write an essay titled 'What inspired me to study Computer Science?' We will provide further information in your first year of study.
L'Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science
The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences. Five Fellowships will be awarded in 2017 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to facilitate promising scientific research.
The Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of early career research in any area of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics. Candidates must be female early career researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics. Candidates must have no more than 10 years' active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).
For further details please see www.womeninscience.co.uk/apply.