UWTSD’s School of Applied Computing hosts Girls in STEM event in partnership with Cyber Girls First


17.06.2019

University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Applied Computing hosted a “Cyber Girls First” Day at the university's new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, to inspire more young people into STEM related fields.

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Staff welcomed pupils from schools including Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, Gowerton Comprehensive, Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Dylan Thomas Community School, Ffynone House, Birchgrove Comprehensive and Ysgol y Strade.

The students had the opportunity to take part in workshops, 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 five years he has read extensively about computing history to gain a wide knowledge and understanding of the computing industry, past and present. 

Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan, Principal Lecturer at UWTSD’s School of Applied Computing said: “UWTSD has been actively involved in promoting IT education to secondary school girls. A team of School of Applied Computing staff and students put together various activities and resources to show wider opportunities and career paths. We organise the annual event in partnership with Cyber Girls First. This year’s event was attend by 83 pupils from 13 schools.

"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.”

Pat Ryan, Founder of Cyber Girls First said: “This was our second event at UWTSD, but our first at the new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, which is stunning. It was a great event and Kapilan kept everything running smoothly, which was no small achievement with 83 pupils and a packed agenda.”

 

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