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An Introduction to Interconnect: The Network for Women Studying Science, Engineering, Technology & the Built Environment in Scotland

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  • The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland Interconnect the network for women studying science, engineering, technology & the built environment in Scotland Allison Johnstone Interconnect Co-ordinator
  • The Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET
    • Sets out to create sustainable change for the participation of women in the SET (Science, Engineering, Technology) sectors in Scotland through:
    • Changing employment practices and workplace cultures to support gender equality
    • Supporting the recruitment, retention, return and success of women where they are significantly under-represented.
    • We work with:
            • Employers
            • Women in the sector, or returning to the sector
            • Students
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • Women’s Networks
    • Women’s networks exist in business & industry today
        • Women in Technology
        • Women in Property
        • Within large companies
    • Raise awareness of women working in these fields
    • Give the members many opportunities
        • making contacts / friendships
        • personal & career development
        • Enhanced CV
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • Interconnect
    • The network for women studying science, engineering, technology & the built environment in Scotland
    • Developed in partnership:
        • Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET
        • NUS Scotland
        • Equality Forward
        • Scottish Funding Council
    • Working with Employers, Qualified Women, Professional Bodies & Networks
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • Who are we working with? The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • How can students get involved?
    • Local Interconnect student groups
    • Website: www.interconnect.org.uk
    • Facebook Group: the interconnect network
    • Twitter: theICnetwork
    • Regional Events
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • What are groups all about?
    • Students set the agenda
    • Supported by faculty
    • Some event ideas:
        • Pizza lunch in the first week of term
        • Invite recent graduates back for coffee
        • Speed networking
        • Presentation for employers / qualified women
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • The benefits for students
    • Build links with industry
    • Meet qualified women working in their subject
    • A chance to meet other female students
    • Develop their CV & employability
    • Opportunity to promote SET to younger students
    • Be up to date with news and events in their field
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • Current Development
    • Launch event on 25 th March, 2009
    • Currently talking to 13 universities and colleges about setting up groups
    • Website now live www.interconnect.org.uk
    • Raising awareness of the network
    • Building relationships with organisations
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland
  • Questions
    • Can you support Interconnect?
    • Can you use Interconnect?
    • Can you help us identify employers who might be interested?
    The network for women studying Science, Engineering, Technology and the Built Environment in Scotland