Encouraging more women toward Computer Science and Engineering

It has been seen that in the UK, the number of females in Computer Science and Engineering is very low. The IET mentioned that only 9% of the UK engineering workforce are women. This is shocking very low number and to encourage more women toward Computer Science and Engineering a lot of initiatives have been taken by various different organisations.

I would like to share these opportunities with other female students. There is number of networking events, conferences, career fairs for female students are happening to address this issue. Most of these events provide travel scholarships to students as well.

A list of few such events are as follows:

Target jobs

  1. IT’s not just for boys – https://targetjobs.co.uk/events/its-not-just-for-the-boys
  2. Future Female Engineers – https://targetjobs.co.uk/events/future-female-engineers

Association for Computing Machinery –Women (ACM_W)

  1. ACM-W Europe WomENcourage Conference – https://womencourage.acm.org/
  2. ACM-W UK Inspire conference – https://acmukwomen.acm.org/

British Computer Society (BCS)

  1. BCS Lovelace colloquium – UG & Taught Master students – http://bcswomenlovelace.bcs.org/
  2. BCS London Hopper Colloquium – PhD and MPhil students- http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/57999

Anita Borg Institute (ABI)

  1. Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) – https://ghc.anitab.org/
  2. GHC locally in UK – https://community.anitab.org/event/ghc-1-london-2016/


Majority of these events happen every year, so I would highly encourage you all to keep an eye on their respective websites to find out further details.

I have found these events an excellent opportunity for networking and have been immensely benefited by attending them. I hope you all will get benefited by attending them in the same way as I have. I wish you all the very best and if anyone has any question do let me know.

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Hi I am Oishi, a Software and Electronics Engineering student back at the University for my final year following a wonderful placement year at Rolls Royce. I will be blogging about everything from my industrial placement experience, final year studies to what I get up to in my free time. Stay tuned to read about all the great experiences I am going to share about the University and hope to give you an insight into the life of a student at the University of Leicester till I graduate.

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