Our environment

The School’s commitment to advancing gender equality has been recognised by an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The School of Computer Science is committed to creating an inclusive environment that supports equality, diversity, and disability. The School aims to achieve fair and equal representation for all, enabling all members of staff and students to contribute and reach their full potential. All staff operate under the University’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy.

Core meeting hours are established in the University. This means that no core school meetings should be held before 9.30am or after 4.30pm. Also, flexible working can be arranged and details can be found in the University's flexible working policy.

The School provides staff a checklist that covers the University procedures for taking leave such as maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental, sickness absence, and special leave. It does not cover career break, annual leave, research leave. The checklist also includes the types of support that are available and the responsibilities of the staff member and Line Manager.

If you would like to talk with someone about issues relating to equality and diversity in the school, please get in touch with either the School’s Director of equality and diversity at equality-diversity-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk or the Head of School at hos-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk.


  • The School buildings are accessible 24 hours using a student or staff ID card.
  • The Jack Cole building is wheelchair accessible.
  • The school has a lift to the first floor and handrails on all stairs.
  • Accessible toilets with baby changing facilities are available.
  • Eating and social space is shared between students and staff.
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities are provided.

Students and staff interacting

Sutton Trust

The School engages in outreach activities to promote computer science among school pupils. We take part in the Sutton Trust/First Chances summer school, and the First Chances taster sessions organised by the University outreach team.

We also encourage and support student-led outreach activities, particularly to promote computer science among underrepresented groups. We are in the process of developing a set of reusable resources that can be shared with school teachers. Staff and taught and research postgraduates with an interest in outreach are welcome to contribute to these initiatives.

Sutton Trust participants standing at main entrance to Computer science building.

Women in Computer Science

Women in Computer Science (WICS) at St Andrews was created to promote and encourage fellow women in technology. We want to advance this idea to anyone interested, regardless of identification. Our goal is to create a female support system within Computer Science at St Andrews through events like mentorship programs, coding workshops, and many other female-led activities. We want to change the mindset of women in technology and discard the stigma that computer science is a male subject.

Student's standing at Women in Computer Science stall

European women in mathematics

The School of Computer Science and the School of Mathematics and Statistics are now an Institutional Member of the European Women in Mathematics (EWM). The EWM is an association dedicated to encouraging women to study mathematics and related sciences (such as computer science), supporting them in their careers and promoting scientific communication.

Poster for CS membership to European Women in Mathematics