University of Sheffield supports women in computer science

University of Sheffield supports women in computer science

 April 29, 2019

The Sheffield Women in Computer Science (SWiCS) is a fantastic society at the University of Sheffield that brings women together in computer science. SWiCS aims to create a community within the department of computer science at the University of Sheffield.

Supporting women within the Department

The idea for SWiCS started with a group of friends at the University of Sheffield who met up to watch a film and discussed what it's like to be a woman within computer science. From there they decided they wanted to get more people together and founded the society.

The society was launched with an Intro Week, which welcomed first-year students to the department and the society. Since then, they have organised several social events, such as a quiz, a cup stacking competition and a pub visit.

University of Sheffield Women in Computer Science first years

Welcoming industry professionals

They have also hosted variety of talks from industry professionals. For example, they welcomed University of Sheffield alumnus Pauline Narvas, who advocates for diversity in STEM and building communities that help educate, encourage and empower socially excluded groups in STEM disciplines.

Pauline Narvas University of Sheffield Women Computer Science

Encouraging young girls into STEM subjects

The University of Sheffield's SWiCS is also involved with some impressive outreach work. Some of the members have gone to a local school and they are planning to organise more visits with the goal of encouraging young girls into STEM subjects.

University of Sheffield Women Computer Science

Official recognition for the University of Sheffield department

The University of Sheffield's Department of Computer Science has always advocated for diversity and inclusion - both for students and staff. It received official recognition when it was awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award for its ongoing commitment to creating a diverse and equal workplace. What a great place to work!

Athena Swan Silver Award University of Sheffield

Work for an inclusive employer

With a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and gender equality, there are plenty of opportunities for strong candidates in a host of academic and support roles at the University of Sheffield. Search and apply for exciting and challenging jobs today.


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