Our DepartmentNewsCase studies Team Contact us

Our Department and Athena SWAN

Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise the commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

For more information please visit the Equality Challenge Unit: Athena SWAN Charter.

The Department of Computing and Mathematics is committed to promoting gender balance within its academic community.  Its subject disciplines have typically been male-dominated and there is a genuine desire within the Department to ensure that women are fully supported in their career development to achieve their full potential and that the Department is an attractive and supportive destination for female students. 

The Department contributed to the University's success in gaining the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  A team led by Dr Annabel Latham, a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, is now working towards gaining the Athena SWAN Bronze for the Department of Computing and Mathematics.  The team, which has representatives from academic staff, technical staff, research students and includes the Head of the Department, is producing an action plan which seeks to improve further work and study conditions for female staff and students, in an environment where all colleagues feel valued and supported.

Dr Annabel Latham talks about her research, what inspired her to study computer science and why women should consider a career in the field.


Case studies


Dr Annabel Latham

I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and I am active in a number of groups trying to inspire young women to join our exciting subject.

I read BSc (Hons) Computation at UMIST, then worked in the financial software industry in technical writing, project management, implementation and training. I worked in the field of Academic Marketing for eight years variously as a technical author, project manager, lecturer and tutor, travelling worldwide providing consultation services to numerous colleges in the Far East. I returned to study at MMU, gaining an MSc with Distinction in Computing in 2007, followed by PhD research in Artificial Intelligence.

Annabel's staff profile


Dr Keeley Crockett

I am a Reader in Computational Intelligence at MMU and leader of the Intelligence Systems Group.

I am a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the current Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering for the United Kingdom and Ireland. I am a qualified coach and mentor.

Keeley's staff profile


Dr Lida Nejad

I graduated in Computing and Mathematics from Teesside University in 1981 and completed my Master's degree in Industrial Mathematics at Aston University.

Alongside my research commitments, I have always enjoyed teaching, where my specialist area is Numerical Analysis, particularly computational methods and applications in Ordinary Differential Equations. In addition to teaching, I have long been actively committed to improving the quality of student support and experience.

Lida's staff profile


Dr Moi Hoon Yap

I am actively engaged in medical image analysis and facial analysis. My enthusiasm to research and work with students are the main reasons that I chose an academic career.

I have been actively involved in the research of face and gesture analysis where I was awarded two Royal Society International Exchange funding to establish international collaborations.  I am a certified Facial Action Coding System coder that I can convert the muscle movements on the face to numbers. Understand emotion is not only important for research, but it is very important for learning and teaching. I am practising research-informed teaching which will help me in motivating students.

Moi's staff profile

Dr Emma Norling

Dr Emma Norling

I am an active member of the autonomous agents and multi-agent systems research community, where I am proud to promote opportunities for women and other minority groups.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, at Manchester Met since 2005, first as a Research Associate in the area of agent-based social simulation, before moving into my current position in 2013. My current research interests draw together my experiences in social simulation and cognitive modelling, looking to develop socially-intelligent technology, that will take into account the user’s needs in the context of the wider network of people and devices in which he or she operates. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and member of the British Computing Society. 

Emma's staff profile

Dr Liangxiu Han

Dr Liangxiu Han

The ultimate goal of my research is to tackle societal challenges for sustainable future society.

I am a Professor of Computational Science. I have over 14 years research and practical experiences in developing intelligent ICT-enabled software solutions for large-scale data processing and data mining for different applications.  I have been interested in science since I was very young. I feel a sense of achievement when I solve some problems in real life using a piece of code or when students understand what I have taught them. Additionally, computer science is a dynamic subject. We can always learn new things from it and it is a good way to keep our minds active and sharp.

Liangxiu's staff profile

Amy Khalfay

Amy Khalfay

My main research interests include; optimization, statistical analysis, graph colouring, scheduling and timetabling.

I am currently studying a Ph.D. in computational optimization, entitled "Task Scheduling with Human Resource Allocation and Routing". I am collaborating with industry, Service Power, a world leader in field service scheduling and I have submitted my first research paper.

Margaret Eastwood

Margaret Eastwood

I am a Chartered Mathematician and have been invited to speak on some 30 occasions to organisations throughout the UK.

Starting with a degree in Mathematics at UMIST in 1967, I went to Didsbury College to train teachers of Mathematics. Later I transferred to the Division of Mathematics at MMU (formerly Manchester Polytechnic) from which I retired as a Senior Lecturer in 2011. I have continued to work as an Honorary Teaching Fellow at MMU. In 2013 the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications kindly recognised my work as NW Secretary with a Certificate of Service. This was followed in 2014 by the honour of being presented to HRH The Princess Royal to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the IMA.

Margaret's staff profile

Marie Carroll

Marie Carroll

I am a Senior Lecturer and I am Unit Leader for a variety of first-year units.

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department and I joined MMU  in 1991 as a Clerical Assistant in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. I progressed part-time working in administrative roles I studied part-time and gained a degree in Information Management. After graduating in 2001 I was encouraged to apply for a lecturer post, teaching databases, study skills and web to students on the BSc Network in Engineering and Technology. 

Marie's staff profile

Sandra Fletcher

Sandra Fletcher

My current role as Technical Team Leader involves myself and my team in supporting various areas of Computer Science .

After completing an HND in Computer Studies at Portsmouth Polytechnic I joined MMU (then Manchester Polytechnic) as a technician in the Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computing. Whilst working in this role I completed a part-time degree in Applied Computing here and then progressed to Senior Technician. I am also part of the team who support the Department’s Usability Lab used both internally for teaching and research and on a commercial basis.

Department Athena SWAN team

Marie Carroll Senior Lecturer m.carroll@mmu.ac.uk
Sandra Fletcher Technical Team Leader, Specialist Computer Sciences s.fletcher@mmu.ac.uk
Annabel Latham Senior Lecturer a.latham@mmu.ac.uk
Peter McKenna Principal Lecturer (Learning & Teaching) p.mckenna@mmu.ac.uk
Keith Miller Head of Department k.miller@mmu.ac.uk
Lida Nejad Principal Lecturer (Programme Leader - Mathematics) l.nejad@mmu.ac.uk
Stuart McKenna Equality & Diversity Manager s.mckenna@mmu.ac.uk
Amy Khalfay Graduate Teaching Assistant a.khalfay@mmu.ac.uk
Zoe Johnston HR Business Partner z.johnston@mmu.ac.uk

Contact us

Dr Annabel Latham
Athena SWAN co-ordinator
0161 247 1495
Keith Miller
Head of Department
0161 247 1544 
About Us