Supporting the campaign for gender balance in Science, Technology and Engineering
Last week I visited various UK Universities to present to students about Qlik and our Academic Program. The final stop on my tour was Birmingham City University (BCU), and the school of Computing and Digital Technology. Here we had the opportunity to run a hands on workshop, for students to use Qlik for themselves. We also presented to the wider University on the importance of data literacy and analytical skills for employability.
We were invited along to BCU by Dr. Kathleen Maitland, who is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital technology, and a big supporter of the Qlik Academic Program. What is instantly clear when you first meet Kathleen is her passion for education, and her dedication to making careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) accessible to all. She has been a STEM ambassador, volunteering to bring STEM subjects to life for school children of all ages. And during our presentations last week, she was in the midst activities to support WISE - a campaign to support women in science, technology and engineering, as part of the month long xCHANGE festival.
WISE works at all levels, from the classroom to the boardroom, to ensure that there are more women in science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, construction. Their short term goal is to have one million women working in STEM occupations by 2020, and the long term vision is for gender balance in STEM. WISE run a range of training, events and projects to enable and energise people to increase the participation and success of women in these areas.
Qlik Solution Architect Julie donning the sash
Very fittingly our Solution Architect Julie Main was the technical representative from Qlik who came along to help me out. It was great to be have the opportunity to support this initiative and we even got to don the sash, created by Design students at BCU especially for the xCHANGE festival, to raise awareness of the ongoing need for gender equality.
If you are involved in STEM subjects at the University level, and would like to see how Qlik could support you students and teaching please visit https://www.qlik.com/academicprogram