Women in engineering and computing


Women in Engineering and Computing

Celebrating diversity

In the Faculty of Engineering we believe that our diverse community is fundamental to the achievement of excellence. Equality and inclusion are at the heart of our values, and we strive to ensure that all staff are treated fairly and to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential.

Athena SWAN Charter

The Faculty of Engineering has a strong commitment to supporting women in engineering and computing. The Faculty has received a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award from the AdvanceHE Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. The Silver Award is given in recognition of the strong and continued commitment to gender equality in the Faculty and reflects the significant progress made over the past five years. We are only the second university in the whole of the UK to receive a Silver Award for all engineering and computing departments. 

A sustained outreach programme with use of role models has helped us to attract outstanding female students. At Faculty level:

  • 21% of our full-time undergraduate students are female, and this has been consistently above than the national average
  • 25.8% of our full-time postgraduate taught students are female, with increase in applications in recent years
  • 30.5% of our full-time postgraduate researchers are female, and this has been consistently above the national average.

Through a series of actions to attract and grow female staff, we have significantly increased the number and proportion of female research staff within the Faculty:

  • the percentage of female researchers has grown in the past 5 years  from 18.7% to 24.9%
  • the overall academic-research-teaching female percentage has grown from 17.8% to 20.1%
  • 33.3% of our University Academic Fellows are female
  • both male and female researchers are equally successful in awarded grants over the past three years
  • women represent 73% of fellowship award-holders over the past three years
  • women are associated with 24% of the total value of research funding.

Our diverse professional, support and technical staff are invaluable members of our community. We provide a wide range of support to reflect their needs across a broad range of roles. 

Women of Achievement

Several members of staff in the Faculty have received University of Leeds Women of Achievement awards, recognising their significant contributions and impact across the University and beyond: 

Related links

  • Women at Leeds Network (WaLN) for female staff and postgraduate students. The network runs monthly lunchtime meetings, evening events and supports an annual conference to bring together female colleagues from across disciplines.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) which campaigns for gender balance in science.
  • There is a student led society in the Faculty of Engineering, an affiliated student group of the Women’s Engineering Society, who aim to strengthen the link between female students by providing an exciting range of events to network.

For more information about our values, polices and activities see: