UCL Computer Science


Gender Equality (Athena SWAN)

The Athena SWAN Charter is a gender equality framework used across the higher education sector to both recognise excellence in gender equality, and to encourage better gender representation in the higher education sector. Institutions use this charter to improve the working environment for all staff and students.

Women in Computer Science

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Elaine Pimentel and Mar Estarellas discuss their experiences of being women in UCL Computer Science and involvement in Athena Swan and gender equality activities at UCL.

Personal Journeys

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Athena Swan Undergraduate Representatives Jade Hartley and Siqi Zhu discuss their experiences of being involved in Athena Swan activities within UCL Computer Science.

UCL Computer Science is proud to be a part of Athena SWAN and continuously works towards embodying these principles within its policies, practice, and environment. The Department has been committed to work in ensuring that both students and staff feel supported in their study and career progression, and that the working environment is inclusive, family friendly, fair, and allows all to feel supported and welcomed.

View UCL Computer Science's Certificate of Commitment to Athena Swan Principles 

Our Awards

UCL Computer Science was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2012, and an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2015 and 2019. We were delighted to receive an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2024, recognising the many years of teamwork and embedding good practice in the department. 

We have also been recognised by Informatics Europe with presentation of two Minerva Informatics Equality Awards. The Minerva award recognises best practices in Departments or Faculties of European Universities/Research Labs that encourage and support the careers of women in Informatics research and education. 

UCL Computer Science was presented with the Minerva Informatics Equality Award first in 2016 and then again in 2020. The 2020 award recognised the ‘outstanding support for the transition of female PhD and Postdoctoral Researchers into Faculty positions’ in UCL Computer Science. 

Our approach

Our approach to Athena SWAN is structured around five key areas:

Arrive:  Changing perceptions of Computer Science in both girls and boys aged 9-18 years.
Aspire:  Showcasing Computer Science role models and presenting diverse career paths in CS.
Achieve:  Providing training and support to under-represented groups in Computer Science so they can achieve their potential.
Advance:  Increasing pathways to advancement in academic and professional careers in Computer Science.
Amplify:  Sharing best practices, scaling up and broadening our outreach for national and international impact