Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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.

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March 1, 2017

Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration

Some representatives of the Informatics E&D Committee at the School's Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration, 24 February 2017Representatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee (pictured), were joined by Stephanie Millar, Equality Challenge Unit, staff and students, Friday 24 February, to celebrate our Athena SWAN Silver Award.

See the related School news story.

Attendees also had the opportunity to preview our forthcoming video, Girls in Tech and the first of our student case study films, due to be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

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.

Code First: Girls Northern Conference 2017

Are you female/non-binary, aged 18+ and interested in technology and entrepreneurship? Applications close this Wednesday 15 February for Code First: Girls Northern Conference 2017, to be held Friday 3 March 2017, 10am-5pm at the PwC Office, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh.

Aims of the event:

1) Inspire and empower young women /non-binary people to start a career in technology and entrepreneurship
2) Demystify the tech industry and provide an understanding of what it takes to succeed

Further details here: http://www.codefirstgirls.org.uk/cfg-northern-conference-2017.html

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

BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2017: Call for student abstracts

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Uncategorized,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 1:47 pm

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is an annual one day conference for women students of computing and related subjects.  This year it will be at Aberystwyth University, 12 April 2017.

The Colloquium offers talks, networking opportunities and an opportunity for students to showcase/discuss their work in the form of a poster contest, with cash prizes provided by industry sponsors. Google have sponsored all events to date, enabling the organisers to cover travel costs (and overnight accommodation if necessary) for all students in the poster contest.

Student poster contest: deadline 17 February 2017

To enter the poster contest, students should submit a 250 word abstract on any computer related topic by 17 February 2017.

Categories:

  • Best first year poster for students who are in their first year of study at a UK university. This category is also open to students in a Foundation year.
  • Best second year poster for students in their second year of study at a UK university (also those on an industrial year or 3rd year of a 4 year degree – basically this is for students between their first and final years).
  • Best final year undergraduate poster for students in their final year of study for a BA, BSc, BEng, or in the penultimate year of an MEng (this will often be the 3rd year, but may be the fourth or fifth year, if the student has taken a year abroad, year in industry, or is studying for a 4 year Scottish degree).
  • Best Masters student poster for students doing a taught masters degree, or who are in the final year of an MEng or similar integrated 4-5 year course resulting in a masters.

For more information go to: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/cs/engagement/lovelace-colloquium/colloquium2017/abstracts/#d.en.161125

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 30, 2017

Girl Geek Scotland: ‘sticky floors’ workshop

Filed under: Events,Girls in STEM,Training,Uncategorized,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 12:12 pm

Girl Geek Scotland is a network and community for people working and studying in technology and related areas in Scotland. On the evening of Tuesday 7 February 2017, they are holding a ‘sticky floors’ workshop at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh, with speakers who work as personal coaches. The aim is to help people to think differently, to help them overcome the subconscious blocks that may be hold them back in their career (the sticky floor as opposed to the glass ceiling.)

For more information about the Sticky Floors workshop any other activities, or to sign up for their newsletter, go to the Girl Geek Scotland website.

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