Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter pear

Changing the Imposter Syndrome Narrative

This week we are running Workshop Wednesday alongside Girlgeekdinners as the subject matter we believe is of interest to everyone.

Imposter Syndrome

Feelings of self-doubt and a lack of confidence are often explained away as imposter syndrome, especially for working women, but is that a useful diagnosis?

If we want to build a truly diverse and inclusive world of work, then we need to question the universally accepted beliefs about imposter syndrome. We need to change the narrative from a problem faced by an individual and instead ask ourselves what it is about organisational culture that leads to 70% of people suffering from imposter syndrome during their careers.

Join Made Tech’s Delivery Principal, Laura Burnett as she explores how we can challenge the common misconceptions surrounding imposter syndrome and learn:

  • Who suffers from Imposter Syndrome?
  • Is Imposter Syndrome even a problem?
  • How should Imposter Syndrome be addressed?”

Full details for signing up are on our events page here.

Theres some great stuff going on in Bath – check out:

Bath Digital Festival October the 19th – 22nd
Bath Digital Festival

This year, our event series will focus on recovery, skills and talent plus, we’ll be launching our brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme. So, if you’re looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who’s recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there’s an event for you. 

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Mental Health Awareness week

Mental health

Mental health in an unequal world

This year’s theme is about the inequalities and struggles that have been unearthed during the pandemic. We thought we would share some of the various support places you can go for support or simply just to investigate the issues around mental health.

Mental health org

Has various blogs and research papers as well as the fact that they are launching a £2 million covid response programme!

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Bristol Business Support Series

WTF Flyer

Women Tech Founder with YTKO Thursday May the 6th

Women’s Tech Founders has partnered with YTKO to deliver a series of events offering tailored business support to help you start and grow your tech business via the North and East Bristol Support programme (NEBS).

Lets Gets Started

NEBS is delivering fully funded business support to help pre-start, start-ups and SMEs gain the essential business knowledge needed for success. The wide range of support includes workshops and training in marketing, finance, planning, strategy and much more, as well as 1:1 sessions with expert business advisors and access to peer networking events to grow your Bristol business network. Funded by Bristol City Council and West of England Combined Authority, this support is available until March 2023, covering all industries and business sizes from 0 to 250 employees. In addition to the live, online workshops the support gives access to two award-winning e-learning platforms to allow learning in your own time.

Join us on Zoom This Thursday for a one hour interactive and informal meeting to discover more about the funded programme and how to access tailored support, as well as request topics for learning and group discussion each month.

Sign up for the event via meetup.

*WTF is a women-only group but YTKO also support men so please contact them via their website

Money Money Money

Woman with handful of money

Sorry – couldn’t resist the link …

But its actually not an ABBA revival (much as we would love one) but actually about a LOT of funding opportunities coming through – so first off:

The Digital Innovation Fund is now live: UWE Bristol announces a second round for its £1m Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Following on from a successful first round, UWE Bristol has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, a £1m Covid-19 recovery fund open to SMEs in the West of England. 

The programme is supporting Research and Development projects in a range of industries and will be creating more innovation opportunities with this second round.  The scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers eligible businesses innovation grants from £10,000 to £40,000 to fund 35% of project costs.

Grants are open to businesses in any sector that want to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19. Applicants must be small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and based in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. Deadlines for applications: 10 November 2020. Apply now: 

And some more funding from Rosa

Covid-19: Current Funding Opportunities

Existing inequalities mean that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on women – especially women who experience discriminations that intersect race, gender, class, ability, and migration status. We know this means women’s organisations in the UK are under enormous pressure to support their communities, while also dealing with their own internal challenges.

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Back every Monday (except holidays) we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. We have a general intro – then run through some of the upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like. Join us on our meetup page here.

Each for Equal in Systems Engineering

We’re speaking at this one on friday so thought its worth a mention and would love to get more men involved in the converstation to help them make informed decisions when gender comes up in the conversation.

Our first equality and diversity event, that was planned for March this year to celebrate International Women’s Day, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to go ahead and host it as a virtual event this autumn, bringing it to an even wider audience across the country. The theme of the event (and the 2020 IWD campaign), #EachForEqual, is adopted for both female and male systems engineers in mind and we’re planning to explore steps we can take to create a culture of equality in which everyone can advance and thrive.

From the business perspective, equality can be a great performance accelerator as a more inclusive and diverse range of participants is likely to achieve higher levels of innovation, and greater levels of risk reduction in projects and programmes through greater diversity of thinking and experiences.

Inspirational speakers will share their experiences

Expect a lively and interactive virtual event with inspirational speakers, panel discussions with live Q&A, great insights and the opportunity to network with other fellow professionals across different sectors. You will also have the opportunity to stay online for some informal, post-event networking.

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Back to School/work/learning?


We’re back with some new offerings so check out everything thats on this week and moving forward. Looking forward to catching up with you all!

Manic Mondays

Manic Monday

Is kicking off this week – every Monday we will have a zoom catch up – if any members want to meet up with one another to call in from a local cafe/bar then we think that will be a nice way to start small gatherings. The purpose is to replace the Free Three Fridays and fit it to work better with the new virtual norm. We will replicate the ’round table’ from F3F with an intro to everyone on the call and letting everyone know what they do and/or are looking to work in. Then we will run through some of teh upcoming events and conferences that we think may be of interest to the group. Followed by anyone wanting to mention their projects or things of note and a general catch up. If anyone wants to have a further chat then we will put together a couple of breakout rooms where we can have one to ones while the main group can carry on the social if they like.

Join up on our meetup page here.

Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays

Currently, this is mainly supporting the python beginners as the Bristol Data Science and Machine learning group are taking a break while they consider the best format moving forward. We are still waiting to hear from Donna on the software testing and Rob on the WebDev101.

For Python Beginners: We will be finishing off lesson 6 next Wednesday and then there is just a very short lesson 7 to go;  the end is in sight so keep up the good work!

We’ll be online for the full schedule so happy to have a catch up with anyone wanting to do a talk etc – signup here.

CodeHub Mentoring Scheme last call…

If you would like to participate, please complete the on-line forms by Monday, 7th September.

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.

Those who are interested in participating, either as mentors or as mentees, fill out the relevant application form (links above) by Monday, 7th September.

  • 22 Sept: Kick-off meeting – previously this was in person, but we are expecting that it will take place remotely this year. The meeting is an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and ask questions. We ask everyone to attend this meeting if at all possible
  • 22-30 Sept: We (ie CodeHub organisers) pair up the mentors and mentees, based on the information in the application forms. For example, for those looking for technical support we will pair them up with someone with experience in that topic. We will also take into account any stated constraints on availability from either party.
  • 30 Sept: Mentors and mentees are notified of their pairings and invited to liaise with each other to arrange the first meeting.
  • Start Oct: First one-to-one meetings are held: this is a key meeting as it sets the scene for the rest of the mentorship period and should result in a defined set of goals as well as agreement on how you will operate, eg frequency & timing of meetings, methods of communication etc. You will be provided with further guidance on the topics to cover during the meeting nearer the time.
  • Oct – Feb: A regular cadence of meetings – typically 1-2 hours every 2 weeks, but it can be whatever suits individual circumstances. Normally, the scheme runs for around 3 months and can run into 2021 if that works for both parties – particularly if you take a decent break over Xmas. Feb: Feedback so we can take on board your comments and make adjustments for future sessions. Draft guidelines for those participating can be found here: mentoring_guidelines

If you have any questions, please contact or via the CodeHub #mentoring Slack channel (

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