Women in Tech & Digital Dexterity

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We’ve been taking a look around for resources this week now that IWD is out of the way and we don’t have to tidy ourselves up and smile for another year. Lets get back to the real business in hand and look at how we can support getting you into Tech, so here are some of the interesting things we spotted this week.

Women in Tech network launch


A new network is launching at UWE Bristol which is a self-led space focused on working as a woman in tech. As an inclusive and open group, we welcome any member of staff with an interest in the subject to join us. (we’re unsure if this is open to the general public btw)

Event details

To mark the launch of this group you are invited to join us for a panel of inspiring women at UWE Bristol who work in tech and digital. The panel will be discussing their career journeys and sharing the insights and challenges they have encountered along the way.

Speaking on the panel are:

  • Christi Hopkinson, Head of Service Delivery in IT Services and chair of the UCISA Women in Tech Network
  • Delia Fairburn, Associate Head of Department -Student Experience – Computer Science and Creative Technologies
  • Hannah Mathias, Head of Digital Learning
  • Julia Lloyd, Assistant Director for IT Delivery
  • Naz Bhuller, Change and Service Management Manager in IT Services

The panel will be chaired by Laura Collins, Project Delivery Manager in IT Services.

Taking place on Tuesday 21 March, 09:30-11:00, at EP1 on Frenchay campus (campus map), this event is also part of a series marking Women in History Month at UWE and refreshments will be provided. Please register to attend on this form so we can plan refreshments. You can also join the Team site where you can ask questions ahead of the event and chat with other members of the group. 

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Farewell and Welcome Back

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Farewell to the Queen

The loss of a great female role model who will be greatly missed by many in the country and beyond. We’d like to say a fond goodbye – and whilst the King is not a woman we are grateful that he is an environmentalist, which can’t be a bad thing in our books.

Also, we were impressed that they set up such a marvellous queue for her laying in state – as George Orwell once remarked of the English that any foreign observer would be struck by their orderly behaviour and in particular “the willingness to form queues.”

May she rest in peace x

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Tomorrow’s Engineers & Codehub Mentoring


Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers

Our ambition is to inform and inspire young people and grow the number and diversity of tomorrow’s engineers. We support employers and the wider engineering community to achieve this collective aim and engaged directly with schools via our outreach programmes.

Applying an Impact Framework Date: Monday 28 June Time: 10:30-12:00

At this webinar EngineeringUK’s Head of Research, Steph Neave, and Senior Research and Impact Manager, Mollie Bourne will take you through an impact framework model for engineering outreach. We will also share insights on how the framework has been applied to a current engineering outreach programme. You will then have the opportunity to collaborate with other Signatories and Supporters in facilitated breakout rooms where you will discuss questions and ideas about how the impact framework could be applied to your own programmes. We are looking to record the workshop and share with those who are unable to join us on the day.  Please use this link to sign up.

Virtual Work Experience Date: Thursday 15 July Time: 10:30-12:00

At this webinar we will share with you some key learnings on design and delivery of engineering focused virtual work experience. We will share insights gathered via EngineeringUK’s Virtual Work Experience Working Group and showcase virtual work experience programmes that members of the Code Community are delivering, to share and build understanding about what works. In break-out sessions there will be the opportunity for participants to discuss key challenges, successes and ideas, in relation to delivery of virtual work experience.  Please use this link to sign up.

We hope that you will be able to join us at these two events, please do get in touch with The Code Team if you have any questions.

CodeHub Mentoring

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Codehub have been running a very successful mentoring group for a few seasons now. They are just about to launch this years, so if anyone is interested in being either a mentor or a mentee then please get in touch. They also welcome companies to get involved so contact them on their contact mail if you are interested in having a chat or getting involved info@codehub.org.uk.

South West Business Analysis

‘What goes where – an introduction to my wardrobe and UX architecture’ from Amy Lobé. This is an interactive session where you can learn some useful research skills to help organise your information (or potentially your wardrobe).

Amy is a Product Designer who’s run lots of user research and loves to share her skills. Get up to speed on how a user experience designer uses various research methods to make their decisions.

In this session you will:

  • discover a few methods of research to help create structure or architecture.
  • understand the pros, cons and uses for each of them.
  • get to grips on the details of a Card Sort
  • practice a basic Card Sort in teams.

13.00-13.45 June 29th. Sign up here.

Business Development Toolkit from SWCTN

In the course of our work across new ideas in immersion, automation and data we have developed the components of our Protopying the Business Programme, and we have made some new tools to help companies think about their offering, their way of working, and how they communicate that to others. Find it here.

This set of tools are designed to help you to dig into some essential aspects of your creative business, for example: 

  • understanding and creating a closer conversation with your audiences; 
  • knowing your market and how you can get to it
  • considering the different business forms possible and selecting the one that fits for you and your values
  • establishing the right business model for you and your idea,
  • aligning with your visions, values and culture to make the business that works for you.

The Computer Vision Festival: June 22-24.

Here’s a snapshot of the experts speaking:

  • Vice President, Image Data Scientists – AstraZeneca
  • Director of Computer Vision – Nike
  • European AI Hub Lead – Rolls Royce
  • Lead Machine Learning Scientist – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Product Owner Industrial Computer Vision – Volkswagen Group

We appreciate your timezone and your calendar may mean you can’t tune in live.
So, we’re giving you replay access to every presentation on the house.  Grab your pass.

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People whisperers wanted (a.k.a mentors)


News In this week from the lovely CodeHub lot! Their mentorship programme is setting up to run again.

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“Since 2018, CodeHub Bristol has organised a twice-yearly Mentorship Scheme for those based in, or with connections to, Bristol. We are now launching the 2020 Autumn Scheme, which will run from the end of September 2020 for up to 4 months.
We invite you to join the scheme – either as a mentor or a mentee.
If you would like to participate, please complete the on-line forms by Monday, 7th September.

The success of the scheme rests on the willingness of more experienced CodeHub members to support and share their experience with those at the start of their technical careers. Without your time and voluntary commitment, the scheme would not be able to operate. We thank all those who have supported the scheme as a mentor and welcome all those who are willing to step forward this autumn.

What is the purpose of the scheme?
The scheme enables a person with less experience in a given field (mentee) to ‘tap into’ a helpful voice, so that their ambitions can be realised with more direction and more quickly than otherwise. At the same time, the mentor also gains from the experience as it provides a perfect environment to develop and practise listening and coaching skills – an opportunity that does not always exist in the workplace.

The goals of the scheme are specific to the mentee, for example they may want to find ways of developing their technical knowledge or may be looking for guidance on how to move into new areas of work. What is generally true is that, as a mentee, you will need to invest time and effort in the mentorship to get value out of it. You will need to be prepared for regular catch-ups and be willing to identify those areas on which you would like advice.

How does the scheme operate?
Aug: Those who are interested in participating, either as mentors or as mentees, fill out the relevant application forms by Monday, 7th September.

Draft guidelines for those participating can be found here: mentoring_guidelines
If you have any questions, please contact mentoring@codehub.org.uk or via the CodeHub #mentoring Slack channel (https://codehubbs.slack.com)”

Workshop Wednesday & All the rest

What Ev’s … we’re on a break!

If you want some support or just a chat contact us on info@wthub.org as we always have time for you – you are important to us ?

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