WISE in 2016/17

WISE has never been busier than it has in 2016/17. We aim to bring like-minded, passionate people together to discuss and inspire each other. Through conferences, speaker events, and socials, we create a network to support and empower women in STEM, no matter their background or degree level. This year we launched our new website, created our mailing list, have organised not one, but two conferences, socials, networking events, and a brand-new Outreach scheme; the committee has worked incredibly hard to give our members the best version of the society possible.

We started the year with our Welcome event, complete with the WISE must-have that is tea and cake, followed by our first WISE Inspire of the new academic year! Attendees heard inspirational talks from invited speakers, followed by the chance to network and have some refreshments. Additionally, we ran a Mock Assessment Centre at the EY office in Birmingham, held a networking and panellist session with KPMG, and ran a coding event with PwC. At each of these, it was wonderful to see our members enjoying themselves engage with each other.

One major event of the year was our Women in Science Forum, an event to bring together a small cohort of people for an afternoon of networking, workshops, and inspiring talks. Everyone was welcome from all backgrounds and interests, with cake and refreshments provided. The event was met with very positive feedback and we hope to run it again next year!

This year, WISE launched our new Outreach scheme. The scheme aims to inspire young girls to achieve their highest potential in STEM backgrounds by sending volunteers into local schools to run sessions, with activities including making bath bombs to playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Maths questions. We currently partner with two local schools and work with pupils ranging from year 6 to year 10/11, with several groups coming from disadvantaged backgrounds who are in strong need of positive female role models. The scheme is one of our proudest developments this year, and is one that we hope to see only grow in years to come!

WISE have come a long way this year, and we didn’t do it alone. In November 2016, we held our second Women in Technology Conference in collaboration with CSS and oSTEM. Attendees enjoyed talks and workshops from selected speakers and sponsors, along with the opportunity to network and enjoy some refreshments. To see some highlights from the day, click here! We also held several events with Enactus, including an exclusive insight into Unilever, and a trip into the city for ice skating and the Christmas German market. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we held an exclusive networking and discussion event on women’s support networks, organised with CivSoc and in conjunction with CH2M and ICE; in the evening, we joined with Nucsoc, oSTEM, and BUMS for a cinema trip to see Hidden Figures!

Our last event was our AGM, fittingly held on International Women’s Day – our brand new committee will be introducing themselves soon! To keep up to date with all news from WISE, follow us at @wiseatuob on all social media, and sign up to our mailing list.

Finally, if you’ve enjoyed what we’ve done this year, please support us at the EPS Societies’ Awards by nominating us here! In past years, we’ve won the Head of College Idea of the Year and Outstanding Event Awards, and to win an award this year would be the icing on the cake.

The 2016/17 committee have thoroughly enjoyed our time this year, and would like to thank all of our members, sponsors, and the university for supporting us in all that we do. We look forward to seeing the society grow and evolve in the coming years!

Best wishes,

WISE

New Year, New Website!

Hi everyone!

2016 is an incredibly exciting year for WISE – we have welcomed in a new committee, launched our very first conference, as well as run a multitude of other events for our members, and are now launching our brand new website!

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Our 2016/17 Committee

Over the course of the last academic year, WISE have grown from strength to strength, which the new committee aim to build upon as the society grows even more. Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been up to last year:


Women in Technology Conference

On February 6th, the WISE and the Computer Science Society (CSS) ran the first ever Women in Technology conference at the University of Birmingham. The day consisted of talks and workshops from invited industry speakers and event sponsors; it was the first event of its kind to be run by these societies. Feedback from both students and industry partners indicated the conference was well received, as shown in the video below:

For the next Women in Tech conference we’ve teamed up with CSS and have a new partner in oSTEM; it will be on Saturday November 12th, and work is already underway to make the next one bigger and better!


WISE Inspire

WISE held multiple ‘WISE Inspire’ events this year, where attendees heard from inspirational speakers, from both academia and industry, about their careers and the paths they took to get there. Short question and answer sessions followed each talk, and the evening concluded with the chance to network with the speakers over food and drink. Each event was a huge success, and we look forward to holding several more over the course of the next year.

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Dr Artemis Stamboulis talking at WISE Inspire


Socials

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(Left) Film Screening (Right) Bowling

Socials are an important part of any society, so we made sure to organise as many as possible for our members. We had a film night, showing ‘A Beautiful Mind’, went bowling, held welcome back meetings at the start of each term, and went out for meals so we could sit and have a chat with each other! We hope to improve on this and hold even more socials with our members, and with our 2 new Social Secs we shouldn’t disappoint!


We hope you enjoyed your whirlwind tour around what we did last year, thank you for reading! To keep up to date with all the latest news with WISE, be sure to sign up for our newsletter, and also follow us on all our social media.

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Until next time,

Helena (PR Officer)