Fostering the Future of Computing Group

The FCA’s Fostering the Future of Computing group supports CS researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their career

FCA's FOSTERING THE FUTURE OF COMPUTING GROUP

The expectations placed on early career academics and practitioners are increasingly demanding, placing unreasonable pressure on those in the early stages of their career if they want to succeed.  As a result, academics, including Ph.D. students, are at a higher risk of mental health problems; within the technology industry, more broadly, problems of under-representation (e.g. of women) are also associated with increased stress and anxiety and higher incidences of depression. Furthermore, norms associated with these careers (e.g. career mobility, willingness to travel, poor work-life balance) are disproportionately harmful to those who are already struggling. If effort is not made to address these issues then computing disciplines are at considerable risk of losing real talent. This working group, therefore, addresses the broad goal of:  supporting CS researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their career.

Strategy 1 – Support progression into and through University/College-level study of Computer Science (i.e. get people into to the discipline).

Strategy 2 – Support the early stages of career development in Computer Science beyond University/College-level study (i.e. keep people in the discipline).

Strategy 3 – Transform the discipline into one that reflects the diversity of individuals and ideas in the wider population.

Strategy 4 – Disrupting expectations and norms for the discipline in both academia and industry. (Big Challenge)

Group Members


CHAIR:
Sarah Clinch
sarah.clinch@manchester.ac.uk

CO-CHAIR:
Pamela Wisniewski
pamwis@ucf.edu