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Professor Clem Herman

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Professional biography

Professor Clem Herman is Director of eSTEeM, the OU's Centre for STEM pedagogy ( which promotes innovation, scholarship and enterprise in STEM open and distance learning. She is the University's Athena SWAN champion and chairs the OU Gender Equality Steering Group. Clem is Professor of Gender and Technology in the School of Computing and Communications and works on a number of projects to research and increase the participation of women in IT including leading the Open University's widening participation work as part of the Institute of Coding.

Research interests

The focus of my research to date has been to bring a critical gender analysis to the experiences of women who return after taking a career break to work in STEM related fields and in particular the locations, both temporal and spatial, in which their identities as scientists, engineers and technologists are developed, nurtured, curtailed or rekindled. I have published widely on the employability and careers of women returners and in particular the impact of career breaks for women in engineering and technology companies. I have recently completed an ESRC funded research project Gender Skilled Migration and IT: A comparative study of UK and India, and currently working on an eSTEeM funded project 'Gendered Choices and Motivations' looking at the recruitment and degree motivations of mature women in IT and Computing distance education.

Teaching interests

I am currently chair of TMXY475, the Apprenticeship Computing and IT Project

External collaborations

 Clem is the founder and Editor in Chief of the open access International Journal of Gender Science and Technology


Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Society and Information Research Group (SIRG)GroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology