Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

April 20, 2017

EU survey on Women in Digital Age

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:35 am

The European Commission has launched a survey to obtain information on the current situation of women in a digital sphere. The results from this consultation will be processed anonymously.

Here’s the link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2b839429-386c-c66a-65c7-5c1184301a50

March 23, 2017

Women in Computing event, 6pm 3 April

Edinburgh Uni pic of two young women using computers, by Robert Brady

Image: Robert Brady

Students interested in a career in software engineering can hear from Informatics graduates working locally in industry, 6-7pm Monday 3 April 2017. The panel question and answer session is the latest in the School’s series of Women in Computing events organised by the Equality and Diversity Committee in association with Edinburgh Hoppers. This event is also supported by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service and the Development and Alumni Office. The panel will include:
• Agnieszka Bomersbach, BSc then MSc 2014, now Senior Software Engineer at Skyscanner
• Alice Elder, BSc 2011 now Software developer/development team leader, Clyde & Co
• Ljiljana Spadavecchia, PhD 2005, now Senior Software Engineer at GE
• Maria Rovatsou, MSc 2010, now a Software Engineer at Amazon.com
• Verena Beckham, MSc 2005, now Senior Principal Software Engineer, Compilers, Codeplay Software Ltd

 

The event is free but the audience is asked, please, to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-computing-alumni-software-engineers-tickets-32924936371

March 7, 2017

Support Girls In Tech

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day. Please help us to celebrate by sharing links to our new short film, Girls in Tech, published today, 7 March and our British and overseas students’ stories (in various languages) which will follow tomorrow, 8 March. See our School news story.

Watch out for our posts:

February 14, 2017

Festival of Creative Learning

As well as interesting events about matters digital*, next week’s Festival of Creative Learning, 20-24 February, includes a Reflection on Equality and Diversity in the Workplace led by Ben Lyon, Chair of OUTbound, Transport for London’s LGBT+ Staff Network Group.

(*Events about matters digital include Edinburgh IoT Challenge, Learn to Code, UNA – Network Based Explorations, Design the Future of Digital Education, Data and Democracy and an Environment Now Thinkspiration workshop among others).

February 13, 2017

Get on your soapbox for science

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,Events,Girls in STEM,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 11:48 am

Edinburgh will be hosting Soapbox Science again this year and the call for speakers is now open. Deadline for applications: Friday 24 February 2017.

If you are female, an academic scientist, researcher or PhD student and are keen to share your science with the people of Edinburgh, apply using the following link:

http://soapboxscience.org/

Soapbox Science will take place on the Mound precinct, Saturday 22 July 2017.

Soapbox Science has been running for 5 years in cities across the UK and has attracted media coverage including BBC, Guardian, Time Out, Times (Eureka), Nature, Science and New Scientist.

Informatics postgraduate Sorcha Gilroy took part last year.

February 9, 2017

Nominations open for WISE Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the WISE Awards which recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and women.

The categories are:

  • WISE Toy Award sponsored by Thales
  • WISE Talent Award sponsored by AWE
  • WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award sponsored by Aveva
  • WISE Employer Award sponsored by BAM Nuttall
  • WISE Man Award sponsored by MBDA
  • WISE World Award sponsored by Babcock
  • WISE Tech Innovation Award sponsored by Goldman Sachs
  • WISE Technology & Engineering in Health sponsored by the Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England
  • WISE Woman in Industry sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC
  • WISE One to Watch Award sponsored by Intel

Further details are given below. Nominations close 5pm Friday 23 June 2017.

WISE Toy Award
For the best toy or game for girls (up to age 11) to get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and maths.

WISE Talent Award
Highlighting a recruitment campaign that has proved effective for getting women into science, technology, engineering, or construction – in jobs, board roles, apprenticeships or as students.

WISE Apprenticeship Programme Award
For the best apprenticeship programme for women’s recruitment, participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, or other apprenticeship framework where women are in a minority.

WISE Employer Award
For a WISE member company or organisation evidencing great things. Nominees must demonstrate progress in gender balance at all levels and above industry averages.

WISE Man Award
This Award is for men who are agents of change, improving gender balance in their organisation and beyond. Judges will be looking for evidence of their actions in education or industry that go beyond their day job and which have delivered results.

WISE World Award
This category is for nominees who are making a difference to society and have an inspirational story which will capture the imagination of girls; showing them that through science, technology and engineering they could make a difference, not only to people’s lives, but also influencing big societal challenges like the environment, food production, safe transport, and cybercrime.

WISE Tech Innovation Award
Are you a woman or female team working in a tech start-up, open source, gaming, cyber security, web development or for an app? Nominations are welcomed from individuals or a team or project. Judges will be looking for an emphasis on creativity and innovation in the use of technology that will inspire other women to follow your example.

WISE Technology & Engineering in Health
This Award champions a woman who uses science, technology, and engineering to improve health. Judges will be looking for evidence of collaboration between health and other sectors/industries. Nominees are asked to present evidence of the health advances delivered through technology, physics or engineering in patient care, treatment or diagnosis, and to demonstrate how these advances link with the wider picture of scientific and technological innovation.

WISE Woman in Industry
For a woman in a STEM career and in a leadership role, but not necessarily on a board. You will have broken through the glass ceiling and will inspire others by showing what it is possible to achieve. You may have occasionally appeared in the media or spoken at industry events, but not received honours and are not widely known in business or the media. WISE are looking for new faces who could sit on boards, be a speaker and a role model to show women at the early stages of their career what they can achieve.

WISE One to Watch Award
This Award is designed to identify and share the amazing stories of girls and young women who are passionate about science, engineering, maths and technology and good at what they do – particularly girls who would not otherwise have thought STEM was for them. Open to women aged 21 and under on the date of the Awards, 9 November 2017, who are trailblazing and will light a fire under the next generation. The winner will be chosen from 10 finalists on the night via audience participation.

Find out more here: https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/wise-awards/wise-awards-2017

February 8, 2017

See ‘Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat’ at FanDuel

The Scotland premier of the Stemette film “Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat” – a short film on women tackling the gender stereotypes in STEM – will take place 5.30-8pm Fri 24 March 2017 at FanDuel, Quartermile, One Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.

Hear from Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Emma McGuigan and Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE on the greatest challenge facing our innovative STEM industry.

FanDuel was founded by Informatics alumni Tom Griffiths and Chris Stafford, and is now one of the highest profiting and most successful tech/engineering companies in Europe. If you attend this event, you will get a tour, hear from women working at FanDuel and see what a potential future a FanDuel could look like.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eat-sleep-stem-repeat-film-screening-and-tour-edinburgh-tickets-31481608338

February 7, 2017

Cyber Angels: Closing The Talent Gap

Girl Geek Scotland is hosting a cybersecurity speaker event, 6-9pm, 16 February at Codebase, Edinburgh. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the sector, network and learn about ways to become a “Cyber Angel”. They welcome newbies considering cybersecurity as a career, people currently working in cybersecurity, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in transferring their skills into this fast-growing sector.

Speakers: Samantha Leeman (Host), Senior Consultant, Girl Geek Scotland/Bright Purple Resourcing,  Alison McAlroy, Information Security Manager, Committee Member, ISACA, Katie Lyne, Civ Tech Manager, Scottish Government, Jamie Graves, CEO, ZoneFox, Claire Reid, Partner, Assurance Business Unit Leader, PWC.

Agenda

6-6.30pm Registration & Networking

6.30-6.40pm Introduction

6.40-7.45pm Presentations

7.45-8.30pm Audience Q&A

8.30-9pm Networking & Wrap up.

Refreshments: Wine/soft drinks and canapes.

Register here: http://www.girlgeekscotland.com/events/panel-cyber-angels-closing-the-talent-gap/

January 31, 2017

Learned Societies’ Group on STEM Education

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,Policy — hwalker2 @ 5:07 pm

Prof Lesley Yellowlees 2The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Learned Societies’ Group (LSG) has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft STEM Education and Training Strategy, which closes today.

LSG is chaired by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Head of our College of Science and Engineering (pictured).

Welcoming the Scottish Government’s commitment to STEM Education, the LSG stressed the need to ensure cohesion across all the relevant Government strategies and frameworks; including the STEM Strategy, National Improvement Framework, Making Maths Count initiative, Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and School Governance Review.

The LSG advise that consideration should be given to the mapping of the range of STEM activity and engagement to support a better understanding of what is available and where, and, to identify duplication and/or gaps in provision and access.

While the draft sets out an extensive range of actions, identification of appropriate and measurable criteria for assessing progress will be central to realising the strategy. An implementation plan at a far more specific level of detail than that contained in the current strategy is required. It will need to make clear the success criteria, key timelines and staging posts, and who will be accountable for delivery.

Professor Yellowlees said, “A priority should be to ensure that young people look on STEM subjects as being for “people like them”. ASPIRES research shows that while most primary school age children like science, very few of them aspire to work in science. There is therefore a need to promote the message that STEM provides transferable skills that enable people to keep their career options open.”

The LSG urges the Scottish Government to be sensitive to the consequences and the messages sent to learners, parents and schools when prioritising literacy, numeracy, and health and well-being and not STEM subjects in the National Improvement Framework.

On the definition of STEM for the purposes of the Strategy, the LSG note that while the importance of Mathematics in underpinning STEM is clearly stated, using this as a definition of Mathematics is too limiting. Similarly, the strategy needs to recognise Computing Science as being distinct from the focus on digital skills. Both Mathematics and Computing Science should be reflected in the strategy as being disciplines in their own right.

With regards to the equity priority, the LSG is clear that gender stereotyping needs to be tackled across the whole school environment as responsibility for this does not rest solely with the STEM subjects. Importantly, it also extends beyond the issue of encouraging more girls into STEM.

The Strategy should also consider broader equity issues, including the participation in STEM of ethnic minorities and how geographical barriers to accessing STEM experiences can be addressed.

January 25, 2017

Are you or could you be a STEM Ambassador?

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,General,Girls in STEM — hwalker2 @ 11:55 am

• Sign up for training by 10 February 2017!
• Stem Ambassadors induction, 1pm 24 February 2017, in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry
• If you can’t make 24 Feb, there are regular induction events locally.

Stem Ambassador is a role for you if you are interested in inspiring young people and developing their interests in science, engineering and/or maths.

By signing up as a Stem Ambassador you will have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of different projects where you can engage school pupils and support teachers in the classroom.

The organisers, STEM Ambassadors, provide *full training* and PVG checks.

More information about the process can be found here on the STEM East website.

If you would like to become a Stem Ambassador, please email Heather Milton by Friday 10 February for more details about how to register online and what you need to bring to the induction session which takes place from 1pm in T40, Joseph Black Building, School of Chemistry, on Friday 24 February.

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