BCSWomen LoveLace Colloquium
LoveLace Colloquium is an annual conference aimed at female
Undergraduate and Masters students in Computer Science. It includes formal
and informal talks from women in academia and industry, and also provides
career advice and opportunities for networking. The event holds a poster
competition for students in the separate years of
study. The 2017 conference was held in Aberystwyth.
London Hopper Colloquium
The London Hopper Colloquium is an annual conference including talks from women doing research in computing.
It provides opportunities for research collaboration and informal networking. There is a poster competition for Ph.D. and post-doctoral students.
conference will be held on 25th May.
W-Tech Cymru was a one-day event organised by BCSWomen in Wales. It incorporated talks, workshops and networking around the theme of `Women as Professionals in IT', with the aim of encouraging women returners, students and school girls with an interest in IT.
International Women's Day Celebration
International Women's Day (8th March) is celebrated annually in Swansea by an IT Wales event. This “provides an insight into the diverse range of business and career opportunities for women in the 21st Century and offers a platform for sharing experiences, knowledge and best practice for women working with science and technology.”
Organisations, National and Worldwide
Athena SWAN is a Charter that recognises “commitment to advancing women's careers in STEMM academia”. Universities and individual colleges that join the Charter can apply for an award in recognition of good practise in this area. Swansea University and the College of Science have both been awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN award.
Equality Challenge Unit
The Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) works with Universities and Colleges across the UK to promote equality and diversity amongst staff and students. Information on their work in specific areas, including gender equality, can be found here.
The group BCSWomen is part of The Chartered Institute for IT. Its main objective is “to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career”. To do so, it holds events for formal and informal networking, career advice and technical training. The online part of the group also has a mailing list and offers CV and job advice.
ACM-W is part of the ACM. It
“supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement
of women in all aspects of the computing field” through its celebration
events, scholarships for attending research conferences and awards.
ScienceGrrl is "a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting
women in science". Launched by Heather Williams in 2012, it has developed
into a nationwide network of people who believe that science is for
everyone, and that the underrepresentation of women and girls in STEMM
should be addressed through a combination of outreach activities (to promote
STEMM career pathways) and networking (to support women already in science).
A local ScienceGrrl group was recently formed at Swansea University.
Computer Science Online
The Computer Science for Women page is a very informative resource with the aim of both sparking young girls' interest in Computer Science and helping women to pursue an education and/or career in the field. It provides background information on the underrepresentation of women in CS, ideas for promoting the subject, an extensive list of programs and scholarships, career information and links to other sites relating to women in Computer Science.
STEMettes is a national organisation that promotes and supports young women to pursue study and careers in STEM fields. They run a mentoring scheme and hold a series of panel sessions with women in STEM, all-female hackathons and app-building workshops and UK-wide events.
Computer Science: School Outreach Activities
offers girls only workshops to 11-19 year old
females in the Swansea area, outside term time. These workshops cover a variety of skills and
techniques applied within the computer science industry including problem
solving, logic, application of maths and literacy. Technocamps has run 3
workshops this year so far teaching Scratch, Web Development and LEGO NXTs. The
workshop are held by Sophie Dare-Edwards, a former Swansea Computer Science student.
To read about Swansea University's strategies for promoting equal opportunities, please visit the links below:
Policies, Plans and Reports
Strategic Equality Plan 2012-2016