Announcement

Introducing our Equate Student Champions

Published on 8 October 2020

The School of Science and Engineering are delighted to announce our Equate Student Network champions 2020

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The School of Science and Engineering are delighted to announce our Equate Student Network champions 2020.

The Equate Student Network is an initiative by Equate Scotland, an organisation established to promote and encourage the advancement of female students in science, engineering, technology and the built environment, who can often feel in isolation as the only woman, or one of a few women, in a male dominated classroom.

Each year, the organisation works with universities and colleges across the country to recruit student champions to help build a network of women in STEM, support engagement activities and work with their institutions on gender equality in STEM activities (for example activities related to the gender action plan).

Student champions have an opportunity to be ambassadors for gender equality in STEM and through Equate’s training and activities gain skills in building partnerships, planning, public speaking and outreach.

The School of Science and Engineering will recruit, pay a stipend and provide mentorship to the Equate student champions. The students commit to creating outreach activities to improve the experience for women studying STEM subjects and raise the profile of STEM opportunities for girls.

“Equate Scotland makes STEM accessible and inclusive for women which resonates very strongly within the School of Science and Engineering where we are committed to equality and diversity,” explains Dr Karen Petrie, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the School of Science and Engineering.

I’m thrilled the School of Science and Engineering is taking part in this initiative to empower female students from a range backgrounds. I’m excited to see how this group of students engage with our student body, staff and even a wider audience to bring opportunities in STEM to the forefront.”

Dr Karen Petrie

 “Testimony to our commitment is the recruitment of seven student champions – the highest number any university, let alone school has ever committed to,” added Dr Margi Vilnay, Director for Public Engagement and Outreach at the School of Science and Engineering and a lecturer in civil engineering, who organised the student recruitment.

“All candidates were enthusiastic and committed, and will ensure this endeavour is a success.”

Our champions

  • Eszter Somjai - CAHID
  • Lara Ranadé - Biomedical Engineering
  • Shannon McGrath - Mechanical Engineering
  • Rebecca Mitchell - Civil Engineering
  • Skye Kirwan - Computing
  • Lara Janiurek - Physics
  • Pilar Duque - Maths