Computer & Information Sciences Athena SWAN & Gender Equality

As a University and as a Department we are committed to equality and diversity and work hard to ensure equal participation and equality of opportunities for all, irrespective of gender.

We are committed to the Athena SWAN Charter, a framework used worldwide to support and transform gender equality within higher education and research. This Charter was initially established in 2005 to encourage and recognise a commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine). It now addresses gender equality more broadly, not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Our departmental Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team is working towards Athena SWAN principles in its activities and practices.

Computer & Information Sciences Athena SWAN Team

We have a departmental Self-Assessment Athena SWAN team (CIS D-SAT) which regularly meets on a monthly basis. We work with our Head of Department to ensure equality of opportunity, fair policies and working practices that comply with the University’s equal opportunities policy, and to increase gender equality and equity among the demographic of the Department at all levels.

We aim to achieve greater awareness of equality challenges and opportunities within the Department, and report each year to the Executive Committee and other departmental committees as appropriate. We also coordinate applications for national awards such as Athena SWAN, and review the development and implementation of action plans for implementing positive change which includes consideration of statistics relevant to our work both in relation to staff and students.

If you wish to learn more about our CIS Athena SWAN activities, please contact the Athena SWAN departmental Chair, Dr Perla Innocenti -

Team members and their Stories

Our CIS D-SAT includes academics at all levels with a wide range of career paths and work- life experiences, undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoc researchers, and members of our support staff.


Gordon Duckett


Radina Kraeva


Julia Harrison


Mari-Louise Hemming


Sabrina McCallum


Erin Mackay