Making Cyber Security Accessible to Everyone

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in computing and I want to highlight someone who is helping to make cyber security qualifications and careers available to a wide range of people. West Lothian College computing lecturer Christine Eckford has been shortlisted for the Cyber Educator Award at the forthcoming Scottish Cyber Awards. The Scottish Cyber AwardsContinue reading “Making Cyber Security Accessible to Everyone”

ADAmant that we will debug the gender gap in tech!

Ada Lovelace Day 2020 took place on 13 October and Scottish colleges like West Lothian College are ADAmant that we will attract more girls and women into science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM). The following post is an extended version of one published by TES on Ada Lovelace Day this year. Colleges across Scotland work withContinue reading “ADAmant that we will debug the gender gap in tech!”

IT Now? Feels pretty much like IT past!

Taking advantage of a quiet Sunday morning, I settled down to read the latest edition of IT Now, the magazine for British Computer Society (BCS) members, to catch up on what’s going on in the digital world.  As I read through the articles, something didn’t quite compute. I didn’t put my finger on it until aroundContinue reading “IT Now? Feels pretty much like IT past!”

STEM doesn’t need a ‘girly’ image to attract females but its image does need to change

Every October, individuals, groups and organisations across the world celebrate women in science, technology and engineering by remembering Ada Lovelace, who is acknowledged as a pioneer of computer programming. As well as reminding or introducing us to women in history and the present who have or are making major contributions to science, technology, engineering andContinue reading “STEM doesn’t need a ‘girly’ image to attract females but its image does need to change”

International Girls in ICT Day 2014

To attract more women into science, technology and engineering (and keep them there) we all need to wise up! International Girls in ICT Day takes place on the fourth Thursday in April every year and this year’s was on 24 April. Lots of activity takes place across the world in the days and weeks aroundContinue reading “International Girls in ICT Day 2014”