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Scottish women of the future

14 December 2016

Women of the future

Two former Abertay University students have made it into a national list of the top five ‘Women of the Future’.

Chelsea Sievewright and Timea Tabori were selected by Equate Scotland, which celebrates women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

The Abertay graduates were lauded by the ‘Leading Women of Scotland’ publication as ‘young women making a difference in the early stages of their career’.

During her time at Abertay, Chelsea was named Computer Science Undergraduate of the year 2015.

She organised a successful ‘Interconnect’ event, which saw more than 40 women – academic staff and industry professionals – attend.

In 2015, Chelsea delivered a talk at the Scottish Parliament on her experiences as a woman in technology. She was awarded distinction in the Abertay Principal’s Award for her extra-curricular activity, improving key skills employers look for in graduates.

After graduating in June 2015, Chelsea joined Prudential Assurance as an infrastructure Security Specialist within the Vulnerability Management team.

Today Chelsea is an Information Security Officer at Education Scotland.

Meanwhile, Timea is an Engine Programmer with Rockstar North and the Chair of IGDA Scotland. Originally from Hungary, she was determined to pursue a career in games from a young age and achieved her Honours degree in Computer Games Technology from Abertay University.

She is a former GDC IGDA Scholar, one of Develop’s 30 Under 30 in 2013 and one of MCV’s Top 30 Women in Games in 2016. After university, she joined Rockstar North where she has worked on titles such as Grand Theft Auto V.

Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland, said, ‘Society’s entrenched stereotype of what women could and should do prevented them from being able to partake in education or employment. But there are several women who ignored these stereotypes, who not only took part, but led the way in scientific innovation.’

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