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WiT20: Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

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Date

13 May 2020

Book Before

09 April 2020

Venue

BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre)

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About the Event

Women in Tech Group (WiT)

Supportive, Disruptive, Resilient

In the 2017/18 academic year only 19% of Computer Science students were women and in 2018 only 15% of Computer Science graduates were women. And yet there are countless studies showing that there is a shortage of digital and technology skills within the UK.

We are pleased to offer you an opportunity to join us in a one-day conference on 13th May 2020 to discuss ways we can all help in making the workplace and industry more appealing to women and help bridge the diversity and skills/recruitment gap. Under the three strands of Supportive, Disruptive and Resilient we will be exploring:

Supportive - "I can't be what I can't see"
Positive role models, career challenges at different life stages and challenging societal stereotypes.

Disruptive - "Pay it forward"
Showcasing successful change initiatives, behaviours and culture worth challenging

Resilient - "Thrive, not just survive"
Mental and physical wellbeing, work-life balance and connecting support networks

We are putting together a programme that will not only answer these and other questions but will challenge the status quo. As with all ucisa events there will be plenty of opportunity to network including a dinner the night before.

There will also be a "fireside chat" session where you'll be able to vote to throw your least favourite aspect of working in an IT environment into Room 101.

The event is aimed at staff of all grades and experience, men and women. From those wanting support or help with navigating their career to those who are able to provide that support or facilitate and affect change.

We will be holding the conference at the BCEC, right in the heart of Birmingham, a couple of minutes' walk from New Street station. Accommodation will be on site at the adjacent Holiday Inn.

Speakers

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Deborah Green

CEO

ucisa

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Claire Priestley

Director of Information Technology

City, University of London

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Jim Nottingham

Chief Information Officer

University of the Arts London

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Sarah Kennedy

Head of Desktop & Printing Services

University of York

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Kathryn Myhill

Portfolio Manager

University of York

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Daniel Guinness

Director

Good Lad Initiative

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Daniel Guinness, has an academic background, holding a doctorate in Social & Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, predominantly publishing on masculinities and the social systems which support human mobility within global labour markets. In his work with Good Lad, he's spoken to thousands of men about gender equality and workshoped their role as allies, worked with institutions, businesses and teams large and small to take ownership of their own cultures, and run workplace cultural transformation programs at major multinational media firms, professional services companies and leading universities, including Oxford Said Business School, Cambridge University, Durham, & The University of Amsterdam.

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Victoria Wilkie

Systems Support Specialist

University of York

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Eleanor Draycott

Head of Customer Experience & Service Delivery

University of Reading

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Eleanor is the Head of Customer Experience and Service Delivery at the University of Reading. With a deep commitment to driving exceptional customer service in Higher Education, Eleanor works with the University’s customer-facing support teams to ensure staff and student experience is placed at the heart of strategy and planning. Beyond this, she is a keen and vocal advocate of equality; seeking opportunities to promote the cause of women in tech, as well as diversifying as many areas of technological teams and design as possible.

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Katie Wilde

Digital Research Services Manager

University of Aberdeen

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Katie Wilde is the Digital Research Services Manager with a remit of supporting Researchers with their digital needs. Katie has over 13 years of experience of working at the University of Aberdeen’s , joining as a Graduate Trainee back in 2007 and now heads up three teams in the Digital and Information Services directorate.

Event Schedule

19:30

Dinner the night prior with the opportunity for informal networking

08:30

Tea and coffee on arrival

09:00

Welcoming remarks

09:10

ucisa: "Connect, Share, Transform"

Deborah Green, CEO, ucisa
09:40

RESILIENT: An insider's view of the IT Senior Management Team

Kathryn Myhill and Sarah Kennedy, University of York 
10:10

Tea and Coffee

10:30

DISRUPT: Men Who Disrupt Gender Inequality

Daniel Guinness, Good Lad Initiative
11:15

Parallel Sessions

- From Library Assistant to Systems Support Specialist. How a non-techie became a techie (Vicky Wilkie, University of York)

- Learning to "Live Bolder" in the Windy City: the Bursary Experience and attending Educause 2019 (Eleanor Draycott, University of Reading)

12:00

Lunch

13:20

SUPPORTIVE: Fireside Chat: Room 101

- Deborah Green, CEO, ucisa

- Claire Priestley, Director of Information Technology, City, University of London

- Jim Nottingham, Chief Information Officer, University of the Arts London

14:00

Supplier Session: TBC

14:50

Thanks and closing remarks

15:00

Event Close