Athena SWAN

Athena SWAN logoThe department is strongly committed to the Athena SWAN Charter; the advancement of women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.

This is part of the wider support offered towards equality and diversity within the Department and flexible working for a balanced work and family life.

We fully support the beliefs underpinning the Charter:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine 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.

Bronze Award presentation 2013
Karen Smith receiving the AthenaSWAN Bronze Award from Professor Dame Julia Higgins
The Department was delighted to receive its Athena SWAN Bronze Award following its submission in April 2013. This reflects the recognition of the current situation and the good practices that were already in place or have been introduced to support women in the department.

The Award was received on behalf of the Department by Karen Smith at the Award Ceremony on 7 November 2013; it was presented by Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Patron of Athena SWAN and Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London.

Computer Science Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team

The Department formed an Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team in November 2012. Our ultimate aim is to become a Gold Award holder. We achieved a Bronze Award in 2013 and are working towards its renewal in April 2018. We aim to target the Silver Award thereafter.

Neil Walkinshaw Associate Professor, Chair of the group.
Pamela Andrade Sevillano PhD student
Claudia Cauli PhD student
Prof Thomas Erlebach Professor
Maryam Ghaffari Saadat PhD student
Hawwa Hafesje Undergraduate student (BSc), runs WICSL (Women in Computer Science Leicester)
Prof Reiko Heckel Head of Department/ Industry liaison/ Careers Officer

Nneka Kanu

Undergraduate student (MComp)

Karen Smith

Operations Manager and Departmental Equalities Officer

The Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team will meet monthly until the Silver application is submitted; timing will be reviewed thereafter.

Please feel free to send your comments or to raise any issues with Neil Walkinshaw.

Minutes of meetings are available to staff and students in the Department of Computer Science.

Our current action plan is available to all staff, and can be downloaded here.

Bronze 2013 Submission

Bronze Submission 2013

Action Plan 2013

Head of Department Letter 2013


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