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2014

Abertay to host BCS event promoting gender equality in the workplace

13 February 2014

Abertay University will host a BCS event promoting gender equality in the workplace next Wednesday (February 19) in the Hannah Maclure Centre.

Gillian Arnold - Director of the IT services and staffing company Tectre - will speak at the event on the subject of ’Unconscious bias in the workplace’.

Based on her experiences as both a leader and practitioner in the IT industry, she will ask "where have all the women gone?" and will discuss what can be done to encourage more women to sign up to careers in technology and to ensure that they achieve fulfilling and successful working lives when they do.

Speaking about why this is important, Dr Natalie Coull – co-organiser of the event – said:

“Unconscious bias is something we all have, and all need to become more aware of – men and women alike. For example, when we hear someone talk about a surgeon or a CEO, most of us will automatically assume that they’re talking about a man. Whereas when we hear someone speaking about a nurse, we presume the nurse is a woman.

“And whether it’s unintentional or not, this can have a real impact on people’s careers – not just our choice of career, but our ability to get to the top as well. So we’re really looking forward to welcoming Gillian to Abertay next week to hear her thoughts on this.

“Although the event has a ‘tech’ focus, I think the choice of subject is one that is relevant to women working in any STEM-related field – science, engineering, technology or maths. Everyone is welcome – men and women alike - so do come along to what I’m sure will be a very inspiring talk.”

The event will run from 6-8pm on Wednesday, February 19 and is free, but booking is essential. Please register here.

Refreshments will be provided.

This is a joint event, organised by Sharon Moore of BCS Women and Abertay Lecturer Dr Natalie Coull, who is Acting Chair of the local branch of BCS Tayside and Fife.

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact Kirsty Cameron T: 01382 308935 M: 07972172158 E: K.cameron@abertay.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

• BCS is The Chartered Institute for the global IT profession.

• BCSWomen is the largest member group for women working in computing in the UK.

The group was created by Dr Sue Black in 2001. She was inspired by two events: a conference at which she was the only woman, and by a Women in Science and Engineering 'Networking the networks' conference, where she discovered the joys of networking with other women in science and technology.

Since it was founded, BCSWomen has gone from strength to strength campaigning to try and make the IT profession better for everyone. They do this by lobbying politically, writing articles in the popular and technical press, and by reaching out to young women and girls through events.

• Gillian Arnold has extensive experience in the IT industry and setup Tectre in late 2009.

Tectre provides sales, technical and HR services to the IT vendors, distributors and resellers, and has recently been offering consulting on Energy Efficient Computing. The company is also currently undertaking government sponsored research into Energy Efficient Computing with the University of Huddersfield.

Tectre's Enterprise Solutions team is now selling Mainframe, Enterprise Linux Servers and storage to Retail, MSP, Gaming and University customers.

Gillian has a long involvement with work for Women in IT, supporting both industry and academic institutions in their work on diversity.

She currently sits on the board of directors for WISE - the UK organisation which supports women in Science, Engineering, Technology, Maths and the Built Trades. Gillian won the Cisco / Everywoman in Technology award for Technology Inspiration of the Year in 2012.

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