The Computing Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) is chaired by Dr Iain Murray.

Dr Iain Murray

Dr Iain Murray

Chair, Computing SAT
School of Science and Engineering SAT
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The University of Dundee, Computing SAT originally began as a Special Interest Group (SIG), formed in July 2012. The target to "further develop Athena SWAN initiatives to improve equality and diversity" has been part of the School's Operational Plan since December 2012.

The present SAT grew out of the Athena SWAN SIG in August 2014 and has met formally on a near-monthly basis to prepare this submission. The SAT is part of the school's equality and diversity committe. The SAT represents academic, research and administrative staff at all career stages within computing, and undergraduate students. Staff were invited to volunteer to join the team and thus members were self-selecting.

Bronze Award

ATHENA Swan BronzeComputing gained their Athena SWAN Department Bronze award in October 2015.

Self Assessment Team

See the list of School of Computing SAT staff contacts.

What are we doing?

BCS Lovelace Colloquium

The BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium is an annual one day conference for female students of Computing and related subjects. The event started in 2008 and moves around the country - in 2015 it was held at the University of Edinburgh, on April 9th.

The event provides a forum for undergraduate women and masters students to share their ideas, a stimulating series of talks from women in computing, both from academia and industry and allows both formal and informal advice to be given to undergraduate women about careers in computing, from a female perspective.

All female computing students (and related subjects) are invited to enter one of the poster contests at the BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium.


Aurora Programme

The Aurora project was launched in November 2013 and is a women-only leadership development programme. While not specific to computing, we have had one member of staff join the Aurora programme and another has become an Aurora champion.


The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is a Scottish funding council research pool, whose main goal is to develop Scotland’s research excellence in Informatics and Computing Science (ICS) by supporting and facilitating collaboration among its members.

At the University of Dundee, SICSA has been used to create networking events and provide funding opportunities. Professors Petrie and Martin have both given talks for SICSA.

To find out more information, please visit the SICSA website.

Strathmore Trophy

The Strathmore Trophy competition is held annually by Computing at the University of Dundee and aims to get local school pupils thinking about applications of computer technology. The competition includes S1 and S2 pupils and has been held since 1996. 


For more information, including past competition themes, please visit the Strathmore Trophy website.


Since 2012 we have revised our outreach activities to address wider audiences. Outreach and public engagement is now recognised as a key activity and allocated a significant amount of time via the workload model. In 2014, the University updated its promotion criteria: all cases for promotion are now based on selected examples of work under the broad categories of Academic Excellence; Valuing People and Working Together; and Making a Difference. Academic excellence incorporates activities connected with Learning and Teaching, Research and Wider Impact. There is evidence of promotion to the highest level based on the new criteria, including one female within the School.


Dr Karen Petrie has embraced this style of outreach and transformed our outreach activities into a notable feature of Computing at the University of Dundee.


Computing has been a key player in the annual Dundee Women in Science Festival for the past four years. We have an interactive stand at the Overgate Shopping Centre. This has a female academic always present to make clear that women are engaged with computing. Last year we wished an activity of particular interest to young females, so we taught binary using loom bands.


In 2012 we organised a family workshop on the theme of computer games, held as a twilight session. The practical session was facilitated by a female lecturer to show that women can excel in technical roles. 


In 2013 we organised an event aimed at introducing technology to a female audience. 


Dr Petrie has written an article on her research for the children's computer magazine CS4FN for a special issue on Women in Computing. 


Dr Petrie's 8 minute stand-up comedy routine at the first ever Dundee Bright Club was used to raise awareness on issues surrounding being a woman in computing. Dr Petrie will have a show on the topic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.