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Department of Computer Science

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Women in computer science

As a University and as a Department 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 Department of Computer Science have the aim of ensuring that the Department is a fair environment for learning, working, and research - and would love to see more women join us to study computer science.

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 Department 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 Department of Computer Science

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

Hear from our women

In Computer Science we have many talented women, both students and staff. Our new video series explores their reasons for choosing computer science.


    Hear more from these students and staff members by visiting the Department of Computer Science blog.

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

    Staff and student profiles

    Some of our staff and students tell us a bit more about their area of computer science.