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Durham University

Computer Science


Sue Black to join vibrant Computer Science Department

(22 October 2018)

The Computer Science Department is seeking to inspire a new generation of computer scientists with the recruitment of Professor Sue Black, Computer Scientist and Social Entrepreneur.

As the University expands, a large number of new faces have been appointed across all departments, bringing in diverse, international research and teaching talent.

Sue’s academic career had an unconventional start, leaving school at 16, and a single mum of three by the age of 25. She has since achieved a PhD and an impressive research career, as well as becoming a champion for women in computing. She has founded BCSWomen – the UK’s first online network for women in tech, which has been supporting hundreds of women in tech for over 20 years – as well as #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Professor Sue Black, commented: “I am passionate about the ability of tech to improve the lives of all, but particularly for women. Durham’s Computer Science Department is going from strength-to-strength, and there is a real vision for achieving a fully diverse, gender-balanced student body, where all are given the opportunity and the support needed to thrive.

“I hope to be able to help the University achieve this vision, and to inspire women to pursue exciting opportunities in the sector.”

Professor Antony Long, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor and Provost, commented: “Through her determination, enthusiasm, and optimism Sue has not only forged a remarkable research career, but has inspired and continues to inspire many others to see the value of tech to change and improve lives.

“We welcome all the incredibly talented academics that have come on board this year, and continue to seek to recruit candidates who show exceptional ability.”

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