School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Equality and inclusion

Equality in our School

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is strongly commitment to inclusion in all aspects of our work.

We welcome students, staff, and visitors of all backgrounds and characteristics and are keen to foster an environment of mutual appreciation and respect for all.

We acknowledge that women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community have been historically underrepresented in computer science and engineering and it is part of our mission to help rectify this status quo.

We strongly believe that equality and inclusion benefit all in society and we encourage everyone with a similar ethos to join us in our diverse and thriving community.

The Athena Swan Charter

The Athena Swan Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

The University of Essex has a Women's Network to support female staff and students and was awarded the Athena Swan Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEM. 

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering was awarded a Bronze Departmental Award in October 2019

We have also set up the Women in CSEE group to support and promote the activities women in our School, from undergraduates to academics.

Professor Reinhold Scherer
"The existence of variation is the basis for evolution, and so embracing diversity and harnessing its potential seems to be the path to progress and innovation"
Professor Reinhold Scherer Head of School
Professor Maria Fasli
The first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science

Professor Maria Fasli is the first UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science, seeking to highlight the critical role that data plays in promoting equality and sustainable development. The focus of the UNESCO Chair is to develop national and international research capacity in analytics and data science.

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Pioneering research

Ana Matrán-Fernández led a team competing in a brain-interface competition, Cybathlon, in 2016. Working with disabled people to control a game using thought commands, you can read more and watch a video on the ITV website.

Resources for Staff

There are a wide range of opportunities, resources and support networks available for our staff, both within and outside our University. 

Resources for students

We understand that some of our students may have different access needs or may need additional support while studying with us.

Our Student Directory includes articles about how we support our students, and how we ensure our campuses are accessible to all. If you have any questions you can also contact our Colchester Student Services Hub, who are happy to answer queries and provide signposting to our range of services.