University of Stirling computer scientist awarded for promoting women in tech

A University of Stirling computer scientist is to be recognised as part of an initiative to celebrate women in maths and computing for their achievements and ability to inspire others.

Carron Shankland, Professor of Computing Science, will receive a Suffrage Science award at Bletchley Park, the famous World War Two site where the Enigma Code was cracked.

The awards are presented to 12 female scientists and will be held on Ada Lovelace Day: Tuesday, 11 October. This international day recognises women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Professor Shankland successfully led the University to its bronze Athena SWAN institutional award recognising good practice in gender equality in higher education.

She is now working to launch a national network to promote gender equality in Computer Science supported by the BCS, the chartered institute for Information Technology.

“Hopefully the Suffrage Science awards will allow teachers to use us as exemplars to hold up in classrooms and say ‘Look, here is a woman who is in computing and you could be like her too’,” she said.

“To any young women considering a career in computing I say: go for it. Computing is a very exciting discipline, which interacts with almost every part of our lives. You can be a games programmer, a web developer or work with medical sciences to test new drugs. The options are endless.”