Women into Tech

Women into Tech logo

Women into Tech aims to give some extra support to female apprentices (Foundation, Modern, and Graduate) and students in tech subjects, along with women working in tech and digital roles, to encourage them to progress their careers in tech.

The project is led by Edinburgh Napier University and University of Stirling and funded by Skills Development Scotland, as one of a number of projects aiming to tackle the technology gender gap.

Partner logos: University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, Ada.Scot, Skills development Scotland.

The first part of the study investigated what seemed to be discouraging girls from taking tech subjects and aimed to identify challenges women faced in studying techs and tech careers. We found a lack of knowledge about the many diverse tech careers out there and the women progressing in these roles. We also identified some isolation issues, due to women and girls being in small minorities studying computing and working in the tech industry or digital teams.

We have 3 complementary approaches to tackle these challenges:

  1. Case studies of women in tech roles;
  2. Connect-ups: themed online groups for women studying and working in tech in Scotland;
  3. Webinars led by Equate Scotland looking at ways to address the challenges of working in tech and including some peer-mentoring skills.

Case studies

Women in Tech profiles
Seventeen Women in Tech

We’ve been asking women working in tech and digital, including apprentices, about their journeys into tech, what they do, and what they like about it. Here are our first 17 profiles (pdf).

Connect-Ups

Connect-Ups are opportunities for women in tech (studying, working, apprentices) to get together (online just now) to chat and support each other. We’ve outlined three different sessions and are hoping that women who come to the sessions will step forward to facilitate future Connect-Ups. Our South East Scotland team are organising three sessions (the first date in each pair below) and our Forth Valley team are doing three parallel sessions (the second date).

Choose whichever suits you -they’re all online. Register here.

  1. Intro: Thursday 31st March, 3:30 to 4:30 pm or Friday 22nd April, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  2. Inclusive by Design: Tuesday 26th April, 3:30 to 4:30 pm or Friday 20th May, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  3. Making a Difference: Tuesday 31st May, 3:30 to 4:30 pm or Friday 17th June, 12:30 to 1:30pm

Equate Scotland Webinars

As part of the Women into Tech project, we worked with Equate Scotland to provide a workshop (offered on 2 separate dates) to support young women’s personal development and to develop mentoring skills to support other women in the tech sector (e.g. through our Connect-Ups).

The workshop explored the challenges women face in tech environments, the benefits mentoring can bring to women in tech, developed skills for mentoring and developed confidence in running good online peer mentoring and networking events.

Contact

If you’d like to know more and/or get involved in any of this, please contact Sally Smith: s.smith@napier.ac.uk