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Diversity and Inclusion

We want to create an open and inclusive workplace and study culture where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Diversity and equality are an important part of this commitment. We strive to ensure that this ethos informs everything we do at all levels.

 

DUWIT

Durham University Women in Tech

We are working hard to make Durham the number one destination for women Computer Science undergraduates and have recently formed a #womenintech group DUWiT – Durham University Women in Tech group that holds events and brings in inspiring external speakers.
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DUWIT - Durham University Women in Tech group photo

Computer Science for Girls

Computer Science for Girls is a DUWIT-led community that aims to foster a friendly atmosphere and help female GCSE and A Level students discover Computer Science. We want to answer questions, give advice, help with homework and build a tightly-knit group full of curious minds while promoting the concept that Computer Science is for everyone. Teachers and parents of students are also welcome to enter. The group is ran by members of DUWIT as well as Durham University staff members. Click here to find out more

 Conference trips

Many of our initiatives focus on making undergraduate life at Durham not only intellectually stimulating but fun too. In 2019 we took five of our women undergraduates to the Grace Hopper Conference and #OURCS women in tech conferences in the US where they had the opportunity to connect with many global tech employers, other women in tech from around the world as well as learn from women experts in AI, data science, cybersecurity and all sorts of cutting edge technologies.

 

Have a quick read of this lovely blogpost by Hannah Bellamy one of our 2019 graduates who attended the Grace Hopper conference in October 2019 to see how much she enjoyed the trip.

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

We want you to have a great time at Durham and know that sometimes a bit of financial support can make all of the difference.

All of our women undergraduates are given the opportunity on entry acceptance by the university to apply for our AMI scholarships.
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Our Anne Marie Imafidon Women in Tech Scholars with Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, from the Hololens Project, and Alumnus, Ian Ellison-Taylor and Head of Department, Gordon Love

 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Athena Swan Bronze Logo

In 2015 as a part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, we were awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award. The accolade recognises advancement of gender equality including the representation, progression and success for all. In 2018 we have been re-awarded a bronze award as an independent Department.

 

 

Tech champions

Professor Sue Black OBE is a Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist within the Department. Sue is well known for championing women in technology having set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech back in 1998 – BCSWomen, #techmums – a social enterprise focused on igniting tech potential in mums through digital skills programmes and TechUPWomen – a £1million Institute of Coding and industry funded programme retraining underserved women into tech careers. 

Sue also ran the successful campaign to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011 getting the BBC, Stephen Fry, Maggie Philbin and thousands of others involved through Twitter. Sue wrote a book Saving Bletchley Park with her friend Steve Colgan, one of the QI Elves which details the history and contribution of Bletchley Park as well as the story of the campaign.

Sue co-chairs the Department of Computer Science Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee, teaches on the 1st year Computational Thinking module inviting many tech industry speakers to come and talk to students, and carries out research into Bias in AI. She is actively looking for self-funded PhD students in the area.

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and cofounder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Anne-Marie joined our Department External Advisory Board in 2016 and has been pivotal in the launch of the Department’s core diversity programmes, including the AMI scholarship.

 

 

Disability

The Department is committed to supporting staff and students who have disabilities and creating an inclusive community, which promotes positive attitudes towards people with a disability.

Students seeking advice on requesting reasonable adjustments regarding their studies should contact Dr Eleni Akrida, our dedicated student Disability Officer.
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More information

We seek to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that respects the dignity of staff and students, regardless of their background, circumstances, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Staff and students have the opportunity to raise issues of discrimination directly via a number of people or processes, including:

Further information on the University EDI work.