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A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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Profile of Sue in The Guardian newspaper:

From Women’s Refuge to Evangelistic Durham Professor of Tech

Sue on Social Media

Twitter: @Dr_Black

Linkedin: Professor Sue Black OBE

Facebook: Professor Sue Black OBE

Instagram: Professor Sue Black OBE

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  1. heard you on dessert island discs, you sound very positive and bubbly, not like a real nerd. you are a great inspiration

  2. Greetings Sue, I also heard you on the radio. You talked about learning Pro Math in College. I have tried to look it up but came up short. Please advise were I can get more information on the subject. Thank you Alfred

    1. Hi Alfred, the course was called Polymaths, it was certified by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. I don’t know if it is still running anywhere? You could try Googling it for info.

  3. Hi Sue, I work at a refuge and your story could be really inspiring to the women here- what words of wisdom would you like to pass on?

    1. If I can get out of that situation so can other women. I gave a talk about leaving #DV at Grace Hopper conference last year. I’ll find the link and post it πŸ‘πŸ½

  4. Hi Sue
    I’m trying to find an address to send you a book (not by me, it’s for fun not promoting anything!) If you would welcome that, please could you tell me where’s best via email?
    Thank you – hope all’s well πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Sue – I’m being a cyber-ninny … Thought I’d sent you a message but it may have got lost while resetting my password … I’m just on to ask where to send you something (a book – not by me!)

    Do ignore this if you just got the other message. I’ll buzz off now before I cause any more WordPress shenanigans πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Sue!

    I’m a co-founder of a new productivity tool ( which helps you manage several work apps from one feed. I’m passionate about women shaping new technology, and am very interested in learning how it can help educators cope with the ‘new normal’ of remote teaching.

    If you’re interested in the idea, I would love to jump on a short call to learn about how you might use our upcoming feed?

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

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