Monster (Confidence!) loose at Edinburgh Campus Date:

You may have noticed Monster, a friendly purple giant, wandering the corridors of the Edinburgh Campus on Friday 6 October. Monster was here to look after visitors to the Monster Confidence event, which saw 220 school pupils visit our newly refurbished James Watt Centre for a fun-filled day of inspirational talks and workshops.

Part of Diversity Month  the event was delivered by Stemettes, an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK and Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers (known collectively as STEM).

School pupils from S4, S5 and S6 participated in career workshops, interview practice and speed mentoring, as well talks from inspirational speakers including Professor Beatrice Pelloni, Head of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Colleagues and student volunteers from the University joined volunteers from Scottish industry in giving their time and knowledge to provide encouragement.

All of this was delivered with a focus on fun.

Feedback from the participants included:

Thanks for an amazing day! Smiling faces all round! Uddingston Grammar School

Thank you all the inspirational speakers for an amazing day at #MonsterConfidence Edinburgh!

A super inspiring event. Our girls loved it and are buzzing to be future Stemettes just like you! Thank you! Larbert High School

Our Trinity #STEMettes are feeling truly inspired from all our #MonsterConfidence talks! Trinity Academy Edinburgh

Heriot-Watt sponsorship for this flagship event underpins our commitment to equality and diversity and supports our ambition to attract more young women to study STEM subjects with us. Heriot-Watt’s local ambitions reflect those of the Scottish Funding Council for no subject to have an extreme gender imbalance by 2030, with a target of 25% minimum of any gender in any course by 2030.

To find out more contact Tina Donnelly or Sharan Virdee. With thanks to Stemette and EGIS PGR student Amanda Gray for flagging this fantastic opportunity with us.