Posted on 27/09/2013
Award Ceremony: Professor Elizabeth Scott, Professor Dame Julia Higgins FRS FREng (Athena SWAN Patron), Professor José Fiadeiro (Head of Department)
The Department of Computer Science has received an Athena SWAN Bronze award. We are now one of only seven Computer Science departments in the country to have this award.
The Athena SWAN Charter, launched in June 2005, recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.
A team led by Professor Elizabeth Scott put together a submission to the April 2013 award round, which was the biggest Athena SWAN has ever had with 112 award submissions and 17 panels.
The award recognises the Department's commitment to increasing the participation of women in Computer Science at all levels, from undergraduate students to the highest academic roles.
Women were prominent amongst the computing pioneers: Grace Hopper wrote one of the first compilers and her language designs were developed into the COBOL business processing language; Lois Habt was one of the ten-person team that developed FORTRAN; Jean Sammet also worked on early langauges and became president of the Association for Computing Machinery. Although today women are in senior positions in academia or industry, the gender gap in Computer Science is still a worldwide concern, especially in the more advanced economies.