Our Computer Science department held its very first Sisters' event this year on Thursday 3rd December. Dr Tessa Berg and Dr Fiona McNeill escorted a group of female undergraduate students out for dinner and drinks in the city centre as part of a new initiative to support our female students.
A group of 8 of our 1st, 3rd and 4th year students came long. The night kicked off with a visit to the European Christmas Market in Princes Street followed by a 2-course dinner at Indigo Yard in Charlotte Lane. Many thanks to Prof Andrew Ireland, Head of Computer Science, for sponsoring the event.
The Sisters' events are hosted by the Computer Science department's Athena Swan team and have been created to support our female undergraduate students. The social events are a fun way to foster friendships across the different year groups and provide a supportive female community in which to study. The programme fits in well with the MACS Athena Swan Award application and action plan aimed at, amongst other things, encouraging more women into STEMM disciplines. We received very positive feedback from the students who came along who said the night out was a lot of fun! They also thanked Tessa and Fiona for organising the event and the pleasure of their company.
More Sisters' events will take place next year and we would like to encourage all our female Computer Science undergraduate students to join us in future.