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Sue Black
Sue Black.jpeg
Sue Black giving a soapbox talk on the South Bank, London.
Born 1962
United Kingdom
Nationality English
Alma mater South Bank University
Occupation Computer Scientist
Employer University College London
  • John Ivinson Award (2009)
  • PepsiCo Women's Inspiration Award (2011)
Website www.sueblack.co.uk
recorded February 2013

Dr Sue Black, FBCS, FRSA (born 1962) is an English computer scientist. She is a Senior Research Associate at University College London, England.[1] She was previously Head of the Department of Information and Software Systems at the University of Westminster, London. She founded BCSWomen, a Specialist Group of the British Computer Society, in 2001, and was chair of the group until 2008. She has been instrumental in championing the saving of Bletchley Park from destruction due to lack of funding.[2]

Education and work[edit]

Black graduated from London's South Bank University in 1993 and earned her PhD there as well in 2001.[3][4] The ripple effect is a term within the field of software metrics used with respect to a complexity measure.[5]

Sue Black was the founding chair of the BCS Specialist Group BCSWomen[6] and is an advocate of women in computing.[7]

Black runs a blog to help raise awareness of and funding for Bletchley Park,[8] the UK World War II centre for decrypting enemy messages.[2][9] She used other Web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook and Twitter for this purpose.[10][11]

She has appeared on BBC television, radio and in press articles.[9][12][13][14]


In 2009, Sue Black won the first John Ivinson Award[15] from the British Computer Society at the Royal Society in London. In 2011, Dr Black won the PepsiCo Women's Inspiration Award.[16] In 2012, she was listed as one of Datamation's 10 Women in Tech Who Give Back.[17]

In 2015, Sue was identified as the 7th [18] Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015, by Computer Weekly.

Sue Black was also one of the 30 women identified in the BCS Women in IT Campaign in 2014. Who were then featured in the e-book "Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation" produced by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.[19]


  1. ^ Sue Black profile University College London.
  2. ^ a b Saving Bletchley Park.
  3. ^ Publications by Dr Sue Black.
  4. ^ Susan Elizabeth Black at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Black, Sue, Computing ripple effect for software maintenance, Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, vol 13, Issue 4, pp 263–279, 2001. doi:10.1002/smr.233
  6. ^ Dr Sue Black|Committee|BCSWomen, British Computer Society.
  7. ^ Sue Black profile,Skirts and Ladders.
  8. ^ Brain, Jon, Neglect of Bletchley condemned, BBC News, 24 July 2008.
  9. ^ a b Cellan-Jones, Rory, Bletchley Park's social media war, BBC News, 18 March 2009.
  10. ^ Thomson, Rebecca (19 March 2009). "Bletchley Park wins crucial funding using Facebook and Twitter". Computer Weekly. 
  11. ^ Sue Black, Jonathan P. Bowen, and Kelsey Griffin (13–17 April 2010). David Bearman and Jennifer Trant, ed. "Can Twitter Save Bletchley Park?". Museums and the Web 2010 (Denver, USA: Archives & Museum Informatics). 
  12. ^ Dr Sue Black: Press.
  13. ^ Smyth, Chris, Scientists send clear message: save Bletchley Park, The Times, 24 July 2008.
  14. ^ Arthur, Charles, Bletchley Park's codebreakers get glimpse of lottery funding, The Guardian, 29 September 2009.
  15. ^ "First BCS John Ivinson Award Goes to Dr Sue Black". BCS. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ "The 50 most influential women in UK IT 2015". Computer Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Women in IT: Inspiring the next generation (PDF). British Computer Society. 1 Oct 2014. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-78017-287-3. Retrieved 14 Oct 2014. 

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