13 October 2020
14 October 2020
online 10:00 - 13:30
About the Event
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 virtually 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.
The event is aimed at staff of all grades and experience, all genders. From those wanting support or help with navigating their career to those who are able to provide that support or facilitate and affect change.
Project and Engagement Lead
Project & Engagement Lead
Good Lad Initiative
Head of Customer Experience & Service Delivery
University of Reading
University of York
Kathryn has over eight years of experience of working in a variety of different roles and teams in Higher Education. For the last four years she has specialised in digital and business change at the University of York. As Portfolio Manager she manages a portfolio of 15-20 projects delivering new services and capabilities across the University, and the team of project managers and business analysts that make it happen. Kathryn’s mission is bringing together high-performing and inclusive teams to make successful change a reality.
Digital Research Services Manager
University of Aberdeen
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.
Head of Desktop & Printing Services
University of York
Sarah is the Head of Desktop, Printing and Support Services and has worked in HE for over 10 years. Her current role forms part of the IT Senior Management team and is responsible for leading the user facing service delivery teams within IT. Sarah is passionate about building inclusive and compassionate cultures. Her strengths lie in her focus on people and process over technology and has a track record for building highly effective teams.
Sophie is passionate about crafting delightful user experiences and using design thinking methodologies to solve complex problems. She has worked with start-ups and scale-ups, product companies and digital agencies, to help bring top-notch UX and UI work to life on the web. She offers a strategist and facilitator’s understanding of stakeholder dynamics, and helps teams stay focused on the bigger picture. Certified by both IBM and the Interaction Design Foundation, she is also a volunteer at Cancer Research UK.
Head of Business Partnering
University of Birmingham
Tara has worked in various digital roles at the University of Birmingham before moving to the new Head of IT Business Partnering post. She is a member of the IT Services Leadership Team with accountability for Business Partnering, Customer Experience and Communications. She is also the chair of the Women in IT group at the University.
Systems Support Specialist
University of York
Vicky is a systems support specialist at the University of York. She has worked there for 10 years starting off as a library assistant. Before that she had roles as a museum guide, a barista and an ear piercer. Vicky has a strong focus on customer service and encouraging diversity within IT. She is currently studying for her degree apprenticeship in digital technology solutions at Leeds Beckett.