Role Model Initiatives

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If you’ve developed or delivered an activity to encourage girls and women to consider studying digital technology subjects (including computing, cyber etc.), please add your initiative to our database.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
The project involved interviewing over 60 women in data-driven roles (mostly STEM, data science, and interdisciplinary studies) in Scotland to create profiles of their work; specifically their achievements, journeys to, and reflections on their work. These reflections were focused on issues of gender equality in data science. These profiles formed a campaign internal and external to the University of Edinburgh called the Women in Data campaign to spark discussion on issues of gender equality in data - and more broadly in the current and future data-driven fourth industrial revolution, where Scotland are leaders - and to raise the profile of women as inventors, pioneers, leaders, innovators, and experts in this work.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Following a personal approach by a teacher at a local primary school, a group of three staff visited two local primary schools for their science week. We visited 4 large groups (split by age) and in each we delivered a general talk and some demonstrations to smaller subsets of the larger group.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Tech fun was a collection of interactive demos for young women to have a go with technology in a fun atmosphere, with pizza and icecream. The sessions were also linked to talks, organised by Edinburgh Napier’s Athena Swan Team and Equate, which featured prominent women in STEM

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Riverside Primary organised a series of events illustrating the working world of adults to pupils in early years. Four computing students (two men and two women) demonstrated computing technology to classes. These were programmable small/toy robots and visual experiences, such as face manipulation, trying to illustrating the "mechanics" of that, i.e. ways in which computers could "see, sense and listen from us”. This was in the form of a game: an application that can recognise our faces, a device that can see our hands in space, and a small robot which we can tell it what to do. These were shown to a class of interested and engaged pupils.

Lead partner organisation type
Charity dressCode

Description
dressCode hackathons are an inspirational extracurricular activity for girls aged 11-13 to expose them to the possibilities of coding in Computing Science and to bridge the gap between industry and education.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
The project involved interviewing over 60 women in data-driven roles (mostly STEM, data science, and interdisciplinary studies) in Scotland to create profiles of their work; specifically their achievements, journeys to, and reflections on their work. These reflections were focused on issues of gender equality in data science. These profiles formed a campaign internal and external to the University of Edinburgh called the Women in Data campaign to spark discussion on issues of gender equality in data - and more broadly in the current and future data-driven fourth industrial revolution, where Scotland are leaders - and to raise the profile of women as inventors, pioneers, leaders, innovators, and experts in this work.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
We recruit female students to run our applicants days for undergraduate courses in the School of Computing: speak to applicants, demonstrate lab work, tours, Q&A

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
The WiRE (Women in Robotics, Edinburgh) Female Mentorship Programme has been set up within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems to empower and inspire our female students. The programme supports the student-led WiRE (Women in Robotics, Edinburgh) group by bringing students together with inspirational women in the field of Robotics and AI, from both industry and academia. The Programme comprises a series of talks with Q&A sessions where our mentors share insights and advice from their own career journeys, complemented by monthly online face to face mentoring sessions via Teams. Although the initiative only started in Feb 2021, there are already 2 mentors currently involved with more in the pipeline. Of 100 students recruited to the RAS-CDT over 7 years, only 16 of these have been female. The ratio has improved significantly over the last two cohorts, and it is hoped that this programme will help to retain these students and and to help combat feelings of isolation.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Female students from Games, Computer Arts, Computing, Ethical Hacking, and Digital Forensics took part in a roadshow. We travelled to local secondary schools and met with all of their female second year pupils. The students provided a short 5 minute presentation explaining what motivates them about their subject area, and explaining the important role that females have had in advancing the subject area.

Lead partner organisation type
Charity/Non profit organisation

Description
Tech We Can provide FREE lesson plans and online recorded lessons which aim to inspire students to consider a future career in technology. The lesson aim to broaden their knowledge of how technology is used in different sectors and the potential careers they could pursue in technology.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
An online festival bringing together people and organisations involved in encouraging women to study computing and consider careers in technology. The festival co-hosts events and resources to welcome girls into computing and digital, to have fun and discover new skills, to connect with women studying computing and with women advancing through all sorts of tech careers.

Lead partner organisation type
University

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Founded in 2018, Glasgow Women in Computer Science (GWiCS) is an organisation that seeks to build a supportive community for women in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. This includes cis and trans women, as well as non-binary individuals. GWiCS aims to support the inclusion and retention of these groups in our community.

Lead partner organisation type
Company

Description
https://www.future-foundations.co.uk/

Lead partner organisation type
University

Description
Every year, the Dundee Women’s Festival, a city‐wide event, takes place in Dundee, during the first two weeks of March including International Women’s Day on 8th March. This festival is organised by women in the local community and is an established and popular festival. This year, the University is contributing an online event in partnership with Dundee Science Centre to celebrate women in STEM. The webpages feature profiles on women in STEM including computing and computational biology. There is also an activity section dedicated to Computer in Science.

Lead partner organisation type
Cloud computing - private sector

Description
AWS Get IT is a free cloud computing programme to encourage more girls to consider careers in technology. Female AWS ambassadors work with the schools, supporting teachers at S2 to guide the pupils through an app building competition. The best 10 apps in the UK are invited to the grand final, and Amazon Web Services commits to build the winning app.

Lead partner organisation type
Non-profit organisation, hosted by Edinburgh Napier University

Description
3.5 day online experiential learning event to upskill or reskill women STEM students, career changers or professional women in STEM in data science skills. Attendees learned the value of data and AI within their studies/organisations, the transferable skills required for a career in data science, 2 days of python programming and a career paths session on the final day with presentations from women roles models who had successfully transitioned to a career in data science. Attendees were offered career clinics, cv reviews with Equate Scotland post event.

Lead partner organisation type
STEM companies

Description
We’re showing the next generation that girls, young women and non-binary people do Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) too at our free, fun, food-filled experiences that are led by STEM-professional role models who identify as women. We also encourage men to get involved through workshop opportunities.

Lead partner organisation type
Scottish Registered Charity

Description
SmartSTEMs exist to inspire the next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). We achieve this by running interactive, inspiring events bringing together schools, further education establishments and employers. Our events are targeted primarily at young people age 10-14 as this ensures we can engage them with STEM prior to subject selection which is a critical time in career outcome. We want to reach young people who are geographically isolated and therefore wouldn’t have access to museums etc. alongside those who are disadvantaged and from a lower socio-economic background ensuring equity of opportunity for our young people.