UCL Computer Science has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award building on their earlier success obtaining a bronze award in 2012. They are one of only three Computer Science Departments in the UK to have achieved a Silver Award – none have as yet been awarded Gold.
The Silver Award recognises that UCL Computer Science has gone beyond just identifying problem areas in relation to gender inequality and has implemented strategies to address these issues at an organisational level and metrics to measure their efficacy.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women. More information about the charter can be found here.
John Shawe-Taylor, Head of Department, says:
“I would like to thank the whole team behind our application for the very substantial amount of work that has gone into achieving this. Particular thanks are due to Caroline Wardle and Jane Butler for their leading role in the application preparation”.
The current Computer Science Athena SWAN team responsible for seeing through the implementation of our action plan and working towards an application for a Gold Award is being led by Ivana Drobnjak and Alexandra Silva. They will be making regular updates on how things are progressing: anyone interested in being more closely involved, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.
For more information about the team see http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/wics/home/.
Thanks go to the following team members:
JJ Giwa- Majekodunmi