I’ve been working with the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University on some priority projects since July. These include raising the profile of women in computing and promoting newly launched Graduate Level Apprenticeships available from the school.
Women into Computing
I had the opportunity to interview Dr Sally Smith, Dean of Computing, about her background in industry and her role in academia. She spoke about what excites her about the area of computing and shared tips for those thinking about pursuing a career in it.
Sally also mentioned her encouragement in the rising numbers of women in senior roles in computing over the past 10 – 15 years and mentioned some of the support available to women entering the field.
This video is part of a wider series which also includes my interview with Marwa Salayma.
Graduate Level Apprenticeships
The University recently launched three Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) courses in Cybercrime, IT Management for Business and Software Development.
I interviewed some of the apprentices on their induction day. They discussed why they chose the courses, how their first day went and what they were most looking forward to.
Apprenticeships let individuals work in paid jobs while studying for University level qualifications and are open to people of any age at all stages of their career. They’ve also been developed in partnership with industry to ensure the skills taught are relevant. They also support the broader widening participation work that Edinburgh Napier is involved in.
I am in the process of developing two sections on the website to house the content above. I will also be interviewing more female researchers and lecturers in the coming weeks and am producing a video for companies to encourage them to consider the apprenticeship option.
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