About We are an open, friendly department, open to ideas and open to people. We ask questions and we challenge ideas. We believe in our subject and in its potential. Head of Department - Professor Steve Hailes About Peter Kirstein History of the Department Find out more about our rich tradition of research and education in Computer Science. Athena SWAN The Athena SWAN Charter is a part of the Equality Challenge Unit and stands for a set of 10 key principles which encourage a fair and empowering workplace for all.