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School of Computer Science

Three female students in the School chatting

Women in computer science

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 have an unusually high number of women among our academic staff, compared to other UK universities - 24% of the total.

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 join us to study computer science.

Professor Robert Stevens

Computer Science is such an exciting and creative subject area, and comes with very good career options in a broad range of application areas.


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.

Professor Robert Stevens / Head of the School of Computer Science

Some of our activities show how important this is to us.

Women of wonder

We have designated a number of female staff members who work in science and engineering at the University as 'Women of Wonder' to highlight and celebrate their work and research, and how it impacts upon our communities and our world.

Ada Lovelace podcast series

A key theme of our podcast is the discussion of raising the profile of women in computer science, and STEM subjects more generally. The Ada Lovelace series, named after the Victorian computing visionary, allows us to highlight the importance of our women. Listen to the last few podcasts from this series:

Athena Swan

Our School holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Athena SWAN is a scheme which recognises our institution's ongoing commitment to the advancement of gender equality.

Hear from our women

In Computer Science we have many talented women, both students and staff, and here are just a few of them telling us a bit more about their area of the subject.