Computer Science was taught at Queen Mary College from 1968. Maud Godward, QMC Botany Lecturer, reflected how computing was one of the biggest developments during her long association with the College. The College Archives hold a video showing the installation of the College's first networked computer, which required the use of a crane and removal of an outside wall. Clips can be seen on the video slideshow here.
Women’s engagement in science and engineering subjects, as teachers and as students, continued to grow after Westfield and Queen Mary Colleges merged in 1989.
In 2005, women students made up 65% in Biological and Chemical Sciences, but only 19% in Engineering. Science and engineering students continue to benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, as well as innovative teaching and the expertise of international researchers.
Today, women in Computing are actively supported through the work of staff, including Ursula Martin, who was appointed Professor of Computer Science and Vice-Principal for Science and Engineering in 2002.
Carol Rivas on a QMC geography-biology field trip to
the Pyrenees, 1981.
Courtesy of Carol Rivas.
Materials with forensic science student, 2007.
Courtesy of Queen Mary, University of London
In 2007, the Queen Mary, University of London was awarded the bronze Athena Swan award. This is recognition of the College's achievement in providing positive support for women in science, engineering and technology.
Pictured top left is is Carol Rivas, who studied biology at Queen Mary College from 1979 to 1981. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is currently one of the leading research centres in the country.
The current Materials with Forensic Science degree programme is carried out in collaboration with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and provides students with the expertise, analytical skills, legal awareness and confidence to develop successful careers in forensic science.
Women students are currently under-represented in materials and engineering. In the 2005 to 2006 session, women represented 40% of material science students, and just 19% of engineering students. But the School of Engineering and Materials Science continues to push forward the boundaries of engineering and materials science, and is committed to internationally competitive research.