Women in Computer Science

Head, School of Computer Science - Prof Robert Stevens

"Studying Computer Science is a good choice for anyone who wants the means to give vent to their curiosity, imagination and creativity. A Computer Science education gives one the means to both solve problems and then implement those solutions, in all sorts of application areas from biology via astrophysics to psychology; from the financial industry, via pharmaceuticals and then to the media industry.

As the Head of the School of Computer Science here at the University of Manchester I want people from all parts of society to participate in this opportunity. Currently, too few women study Computer Science and this is something I very much wish to change.

In the UK, women are under-represented in Computer Science. This is true for many, but not all parts of the world, and has been true since the early 80s. There are various studies into the reasons for women being under-represented.

Computer Science is such an exciting and creative subject area, and comes with very good career options in a broad range of application areas. There are also an increasing number of initiatives for women in Computer Science to network, and for girls to get excited or more confident about Computer Science, led by various organisations - see below for more links.

Our School of Computer Science has an unusually high number of women among their academic staff for a UK university; that is, 24%. I’d like this number to be even higher; for Computer Science in the UK we do well in terms of numbers of women, but I want to do much better. The people in the School of Computer Science have the aim of ensuring that the school is a fair environment for learning, working, and research - and would love to see more women study Computer Science."

Women Of Wonder

As a university and as a School we are committed to equality and diversity and work hard to ensure that we are gender inclusive. We actively encourage women to join us to further their education and careers and are proud of the outstanding work that they carry out in their tenures here. In our faculty we have a number of female colleagues who have been designated as our ‘Women of Wonder’ to highlight and celebrate their work and research and how it impacts upon our communities and our world.

Athena SWAN accreditation

The Athena SWAN Charter for women in science recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) employment in higher education.

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) is fundamental to quality of life across the globe.
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area.
  • Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.

The School was awarded its first Bronze Award in 2014, and its second one in October 2017. 

Ada Lovelace Day Podcast

The podcast episode below features interviews with a number of academics and students to find out their thoughts about the challenges of recruiting Women In Computer Science/STEM and what we can do to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. This episode interviewees include Dr Caroline Jay, Prof Danielle George, Prof Uli Sattler, Prof Sophia Ananiadou, Sarah King and Osnat Katz.

Why not explore our full archive of podcast episodes?

Prof Uli Sattler

Of course, one of my favourite things about research is the usual elements of creativity – after all, we design the formalisms and algorithms we investigate. And then there is the fact that our research helps to make sense of ever-increasing amounts of data and the possibility that it might even help to cure cancer!

Prof Sophia Ananiadou

I am a professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. I am also the director of the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), which is the first publicly-funded text mining centre in the world..

Prof Teresa Attwood

I am a Professor of BioInformatics in the School of Computer Science and a lead researcher in the Advanced Interfaces and Lazarus research groups and activities. 

Contact other female members of academic staff in the School of Computer Science:

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