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National final for Abertay University hacking student

22 April 2015

Abertay University student Chelsea Sievewright has made it to the final ten of the Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year competition.

Chelsea, who is in her final year studying Ethical Hacking, travels to London this Friday (24 April) for an awards ceremony hosted by Fiona Bruce in Canary Wharf.

Chelsea said: “I'm really excited and proud to have made it to the final ten of the competition. It feels good to be recognised for the hard work I have done over the last four years, especially on a national scale!

“I didn't expect to get this far at all when I first applied and I'm looking forward to attending the award ceremony in London.”

Chelsea is a part-time teaching assistant at Abertay and has been a student ambassador for three years.

She was Abertay’s first student champion for Interconnect, the gender equality network, and organised a successful networking event for female STEM students attended by 40 people including academic staff and women from industry.

She recently delivered a talk at the Scottish Parliament about her time working with Interconnect and her experiences as a woman in technology. Chelsea is also a member of her local BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT committee.

Chelsea speaking at the recent Securi-Tay conference

Speaking about her degree at Abertay, Chelsea added: “The ethical hacking course is extremely interesting and every year we get to conduct a project into a topic that is of interest to us.

“I really enjoyed this aspect of the course because it allowed me to investigate areas of technology that I found really exciting.

“If you’re a woman and you have an interest in computing and technology, do not be put off by the social stereotype which surrounds the field. I found it really daunting starting this course but I’ve loved every minute of it and I have had some amazing opportunities as an Ethical Hacking student.

“This is the best time to start your career in computing and as a technology graduate, with a security background, there is no shortage of jobs.”

Natalie Coull, Ethical Hacking Lecturer, said: “Chelsea is a truly exceptional Ethical Hacking student and a very positive role model for younger women interested in developing a career in computing and technology.

“To make the final ten in the Computer Science Undergraduate of the Year competition is a great achievement and we wish her the very best for the awards ceremony.”

The winner will be offered a full time, permanent graduate job with CGI, one of the world’s largest independent IT and business services companies.

CGI currently has 68,000 employees working across 400 offices in 40 countries.

For more information, please visit the Ethical Hacking degree page.


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