Claudia Szabo of the School of Computer Science, and Louise O’Reilly of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, have been awarded one of 25 national grants in the first round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grant programme. The WISE programme helps to address gender equality by increasing women and girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship. The WISE programme is a part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s aim of improving gender equality by improving career pathways for women.
The grant will fund “Women Leaders in STEM Careers”. This is a personal and professional development programme designed to develop young female leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen STEM career. The personal development component includes training modules focused on confidence building, exploring the expectations and challenges faced by women undertaking STEM careers. The professional development component exposes participants to networking opportunities through tailored panel and networking sessions, provides skills development workshops with Industry, and entrepreneurship and innovation workshops.