International Women’s Day events at Queen Mary University

10:00-11:30 Challenging Antisocial Behaviour with The Active Bystander Company

This interactive workshop will help you to address problems you’ve encountered around addressing inappropriate behaviour and work towards building a healthy workplace culture of constructive challenge and personal responsibility. All sessions include tried and tested decision-making and personal effectiveness techniques, designed to overcome the initial fear of tackling challenging situations.

  • Develop decision-making skills and overcome fear and paralysis in challenging situations;
  • Identify personal effectiveness techniques to tackle difficult conversations;
  • Explore verbal and non-verbal language techniques to challenge unacceptable behaviours. Book your place by searching ‘active bystander’ on QMUL CPD Booking System

12:00-13:00 Mindful Wellbeing for Women with OPD team

Investing in your wellbeing has proven to help reduce stress and create a more positive work-life balance. This interactive workshop will explore the links between work, health and mental wellbeing and your role in promoting wellbeing for yourself and others. Join us to connect with like-mind women to open up the discussion around self-care and self-compassion to create a more positive work-life balance. 

  • Explore the key issues effecting wellbeing; 
  • Identify the links between work-related stress and investing in wellbeing; 
  • Understand how to promote workplace wellbeing for yourself and others. Book your place by searching ‘mindful wellbeing’ on QMUL CPD Booking System 

15:30-16:30 Menopause Cafe with Dr Louise Younie

This educational and interactive event with Dr Louise Younie, GP and Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health Sciences Education, will explore themes including physical, emotional and social symptoms and managing the menopause with holistic or medical options, and a personal narrative on surgical menopause as part of cancer treatment. This event is aimed at members of Queen Mary staff who are experiencing or will experience the menopause, and there will be an opportunities throughout the session for attendees to ask questions openly or anonymously.

Book your place using your QMUL email address here

International Women’s Day: Women Innovate

Free one day online conference on 8 March 2021

On 8 March 2021, Women in Innovation are holding a one-day online conference of ‘workshops, inspirational speakers and groundbreaking ideas.’

The event ‘aims to highlight the many inspirational female role models working within the UK, support the next generation of female innovators through workshops and expert advice sessions, and strengthen the UK as a world leader in innovation and gender inclusion.’

Read information about the event and how to register

Women in Innovation programme ’empowers pioneering female entrepreneurs to develop innovations, through a women-only competition with awards offering innovation grant funding and a tailored programme of mentoring and business support.’ It is part of Innovate UK, a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

WISE@QMUL International Women’s Day 2021 Virtual Conference

Image of WISE@QMUL conference poster

Women in Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London (WISE@QMUL) is a student group for discussion of female participation in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

WISE@QMUL have announced a free two-day online conference to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021.

On 25th-26th March WISE@QMUL will host inspiring speakers to discuss two main themes:

  • Ethnic minority women in STEMM.
  • Future directions and priorities for women in STEMM.

WISE@QMUL writes, ‘This is a unique opportunity to celebrate women in the field of science and engineering who have had remarkable journeys and broken glass ceilings, whilst encouraging young female scientists to pursue careers in STEMM.’

Registration for the WISE@QMUL International Women’s Day 2021 Virtual Conference is open.

Read the conference programme [PDF 247KB]

WISE@QMUL International Women’s Day 2021 Virtual Conference:

Day 1 – 25th March 2021: 

Day 2 – 26th March 2021: 

Celebrating Queen Mary Women in Science

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. 

Queen Mary marked this day by highlighting some of our students, staff and alumni from across the Faculty of Science and Engineering who are making a difference to their fields and helping to inspire the next generation of girls and women into STEM careers.

Read and find out more

Wikithon to promote Women in STEM online (March 10th)

This online event organised by Imperial College, the Science Museum, the University of Leeds, the IET and the Women’s Engineering Society will take place on March 10th. Wikipedia needs updating to ensure it accurately reflects the many contributions of women to science technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. This online event will allow complete novices and experienced editors to work together to edit this resource by improving existing articles or creating new ones.

DeepMind PhD studentship available

DeepMind has a fully funded PhD studentship to start September ’21 which is in the area of AI or Machine Learning. The studentship is available to researchers who identify as female and/or are of Black ethnicity (as they are underrepresented in the field of AI). You can find out more here:

The deadline to apply is 14th April. For more information contact Lowri Jones.

Inspiring potential STEM students

The issue of recruiting women in STEM is sometimes blamed on the lack of role model women scientists. There are some very nice posters produced by QMUL with images of women’s contributions to computer science.

Two organisations are seeking women working in STEM to encourage the next generation of potential scientists and engineers.
“The female scientist” is looking for people to write short descriptions of themselves to encourage the idea that women can work in STEM disciplines.
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) have the “My skills My life” campaign which will find ways to engage school age potential STEM recruits

Introducing recipients of the Tata Consultancy Services Digital Explorers Bursary

Tata Consultancy Services Digital Explorers Bursary recipients 2020-2021

Leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) made a generous gift in support of undergraduate students of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London earlier this year.

The significant donation was used to establish a new bursary scheme that offers twenty scholarships to students from low income households, and to female students, who are under-represented in the field of computer science.

We are delighted to welcome and introduce our cohort of TCS Digital Explorers Bursary recipients for 2020-2021. You can find out more on our School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science website.

Institute of Coding: Flexible learning improves diversity in HE

The UK-wide lockdown has resulted in universities who may have had a traditional model for course delivery with in person teaching, move to more flexible approaches, with pre-recorded lectures, Zoom tutorials and peer support channels over Discord becoming the norm.

The OfS funded Institute of Coding operate on a flexible learning model, often involving slightly shorter modules and the possibility to study while working, and they have been reflecting on how this sort of flexible approach is improving diversity in digital skills education.

“…existing educational offerings can be inaccessible for some – because of time constraints, household obligations or other reasons that keep people from accessing a full university education. Further, traditional in-person education is not feasible for many at this time due to the pandemic.”

Quoted from the article “Flexible learning can improve diversity and inclusion in higher education” by the Institute of Coding.

Since launching in Dec 2019 they found that their courses have attracted a wide variety of participants including:

  • 47% of surveyed participants being women (compared to 16% of women on traditional computer science courses across the UK)
  • People outside the traditional university age cohort, with over half of the surveyed participants being 25 or over
  • People looking for work or working and at different stages of their career

For more of a discussion on this, see the original article by the Institute of coding here.