IT women get support group


IT women get support group

Karen Gomm

A support group has been launched in a bid to boost the number of women in leadership positions in computing research.

The women@CL (computer laboratory) project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and has the support of the British Computer Society, Microsoft Research, Intel, Cambridge Research, Queen Mary College University of London and the University of Cambridge.

The group offers mentoring, support and information for women in the computer laboratory and will provide a programme of career development and networking activities to fill the gap of other initiatives which cover education but do not extend to post graduate and industry level.

Professor Ursula Martin, of Queen Mary University of London and director of women@CL said that various initiatives have not gone far enough.

"The aim of our group is at least partially to fill that void: by celebrating, informing and supporting women in the UK who are, or plan to be, engaged in computing research or academic leadership," she said.

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