Saturday saw me spending a very enjoyable – if freezing cold – morning helping to man (woman?) the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SRC) stand at Edinburgh Napier University’s Applicants Day.
For the uninitiated, the SRC runs Connect, the Napier branch of Interconnect, a national networking group for female STEM students. We set up our stand with the aim to speak with as many potential female students as possible and tell them all about our experiences with the group.
In addition to applicants getting the opportunity to speak with us fabulous reps about how much fun we have being members of Connect, we laid on lots of information and freebies (the mind maps were designed by schoolkids for a sister project). These babies went down rather well too:
Engineering sweeties! Oh yeah!
All in all it was a pretty successful day, with lots of applicants and staff alike stopping by for a chat and a lemon flavoured spanner. The women we spoke with were mainly engineers so I didn’t get much of a chance to sell the School of Computing, however we all had a great time discussing why groups like Connect are so beneficial for female STEM students. The main thing that came out of the discussions we had with applicants is that we all enjoy being part of such a lovely, friendly and resourceful network of women from lots of different disciplines. After all, who can argue with cake, coffee and a good old moan about coding?