UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering hosts Girls in Stem event in partnership with Cyber Girls First

15.05.2018

UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) in partnership with Cyber Girls First hosted a “Cyber Girls First” Day at the university's Mount Pleasant campus.

The faculty’s School of Applied Computing welcomed pupils from Ysgol Bryn Tawe, Ysgol Maesydderwen, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Birchgrove Comprehensive School, Aberdare Community School, Morriston comprehensive and Penyrheol Comprehensive.

The students had the opportunity to take part in workshops at FACE, showcasing the various areas within IT and Computing and highlighting career opportunities. The event also featured an interactive talk by Robert Dowell. Robert spent 20 years in the IT industry, before joining The National Museum of Computing in 2011 to become a guide for the Public and Educational tours. Over the past four years he has read extensively about computing history to gain a wide knowledge and understanding of the computing industry, past and present. 

UWTSD’s Kapilan Radhakrishnan said: “Information Technology and Computing is one of the fastest growing sectors and creates a lot of exciting opportunities. The UK IT industry is facing a huge shortage of graduates and skilled workers. The gender gap in tech jobs is currently very high and UWTSD is committed to working with schools, FEIs and industries to address that gap. The School of Applied Computing regularly holds visit days for secondary school girls to show various areas within IT and highlight career opportunities within the field.”

For the past three years the School has been running “Girls into IT”, a tailor-made taster day for secondary school girls. The project is funded by University’s Widening Access and Community Engagement committee. Over 700 pupils from schools across South Wales have visited UWTSD to take part in a wide range of activities in the Computing field. 

Pat Ryan of Cyber Girls First said: “When I started CYBER GIRLS FIRST in 2016, it was aimed at introducing more girls into Coding and Cyber Security opportunities and careers.  We have held some amazing days around the country, including one at no.10 Downing Street, but speaking as someone who was born, raised and educated in Cardiff, I have been gratified at the way girls in Wales are grasping the opportunities available.  Each event we hold brings more ideas on how we can encourage girls into the STEM fields, and I have to say that the recent event at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where CISCO introduced on-line security into the day, was a revelation.  I have been told by the teachers that the girls are showing their peers how to ensure that their passwords cannot be hacked.  That is a major step forward.  We gave each girl a cover for their web-cams and stressed the importance of keeping them covered.  We are hoping to hold another event at UWTSD in the next academic year.”

 

Note to Editor

The Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) is a multidisciplinary faculty, covering architecture, automotive and motorsport engineering, construction, computing, electronics, environmental management, logistics, and mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Click here for more information: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/face/

 

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