Women in Computing Higher Education: Students, Educators and Researchers

Herman, Clem (2021). Women in Computing Higher Education: Students, Educators and Researchers. In: Arnold, Gillian; Dee, Hannah; Herman, Clem; Moore, Sharon; Palmer, Andrea and Shah, Shilpa eds. Women in Tech: A practical guide to increasing gender diversity and inclusion. Swindon: BCS Publications, pp. 48–68.

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Abstract

In the previous chapter we saw how schools are working in a range of ways to encourage girls to engage with digital technologies and to consider careers and higher-level studies in computing. This chapter looks at the next stage of education: the higher education sector and its role in preparing and upskilling the computing professionals of the future.

When we consider participation of women in computing as a profession, it is important to examine the training, skills and education landscape. How do women get into IT professions, what training and education routes do they take, and what role can companies and IT employers play in increasing the diversity of those preparing to work in the sector?

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