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Computing Student Skye Shortlisted for National Award

Published on 22 April 2022

Skye Kirwan, a 4th year BSc Computing Science student has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

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The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK) Next Big Idea competition aims to drive the dialogue, knowledge sharing, innovations and project developments around the Diversity and Inclusion in the Engineering and Technology Sectors.

Skye has developed a system for the recording of micro-aggressions – small comments or actions (typically sexist or racist in nature) which people make which can, often unintentionally, cause offence.

These often go unnoticed, but repetition over a long period can build up annoyance or resentment and, until now, there was no simple method of recording.

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity and look forward to attending the conference and sharing what I have been working on for my final project.”

Skye Kirwan

Her mobile phone app records micro-aggressions quickly, which builds a picture of possible “offences” collected over a long period.

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity and look forward to attending the conference and sharing what I have been working on for my final project,” said Skye, who is also in the throes of writing up the project for her final year dissertation.

Skye along with other students and staff from the School of Science and Engineering will be attending AFBELive, a conference being run by the organisation in London on Friday 22nd April 2022, during which the final of the competition will be held.

She will have four minutes in which to pitch her idea to senior business leaders.

We wish Skye the very best of luck!

The homepage screen of the Microaggression Reporting application that Skye Kirwan has developed.

For further information, please contact:

Iain Murray
chool of Science & Engineering, University of Dundee.
(01382) 384155        
e-mail: irmurray@dundee.ac.uk

Margi Vilnay
School of Science & Engineering, University of Dundee.
e-mail: MVilnay001@dundee.ac.uk

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