Committed to diversity and equality Committed to diversity and equality

The School of Computing Sciences is proud to announce its Athena Swan Bronze award, creating a progressive and inclusive culture for women working in Science.

Athena Swan is a standard, based on a framework through which STEMM Schools (i.e. those in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine subjects) are able to examine the way they support women in work and study, and more widely support men with family or caring responsibilities, or in dual career relationships, to achieve their full potential and flourish.

  • To address gender inequalities requires commitment and action from everyone, at all levels of the organisation
  • To tackle the unequal representation of women in science requires changing cultures and attitudes across the organisation
  • The absence of diversity at management and policy-making levels has broad implications, which the organisation will examine
  • The high loss rate of women in science is an urgent concern which the organisation will address
  • The system of short-term contracts has particularly negative consequences for the retention and progression of women in science, which the organisation recognises
  • There are both personal and structural obstacles to women making the transition from PhD into a sustainable academic career in science, which require the active consideration of the organization

Regular meetings of our Self-Assessment Group take place involving representatives from Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught and Research levels and all academic roles. We look at many aspects of the School as a place to study and work and, using a range of data and feedback from students and staff, identify areas for improvement. Our work in the School feeds into Faculty discussions and plays a strong role in influencing changes to central policies and strategy via the Central Athena Swan Steering Group and the Equality and Diversity Committee. It is an active agenda and we're keen for all in the School to play a part in helping us create a positive and equal future.



The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates.

Societies and Networks


CignetS – Athena Swan for Computer Science Workshop

London Hopper Colloquium: apply for the spotlight competition



Prominent women in Computer Science

BBC documentary about Ada Lovelace

CMP Athena SWAN Working Group


Student and Staff Support