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Report showcases world of work for women in data

The DDI Women in Data project captures students through to CEOs, politicians through to aspiring scientists. Above: the University of Edinburgh’s Women in STEM Society which began in 2017, with students Bethan Froggatt-Thomas bENG Chemical Engineering and Management, Rebecca Collins BSc Mathematics and Statistics, and Rhona Keirnan, Integrated Masters in Mathematics. Photo by Lesley Martin

The vital role of women in data science has been highlighted in a report showing the challenges facing women working in STEM.

The stories and perspectives of 64 women were captured in a series of interviews for the Women in Data campaign.

Students, government ministers, chief executives and lab technicians are among those involved. The campaign shares the highly-skilled, innovative work of women working with data science, technology and innovation across a diversity of industries, fields and sectors in Edinburgh.

The campaign is run by the University of Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation initiative.

 

Changing perceptions

The report aims to raise awareness of the under-representation of women in data science – a key area of economic growth – and challenges the tech industry to do more to promote and retain women.

According to Skills Development Scotland, only around 13 per cent of science, technical, engineering and medicine (STEM) jobs are occupied by women.

The profiles featured in the report highlight the significant work taking place and draws attention to the need for gender balance and greater support for women in the area.

This campaign aims to provide role models, showing that women are at the forefront of technological advancement in Scotland, challenging perceptions that scientific and innovation work is ‘just for men’.”

Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, Author of the Women in Data report

 

Because we know that the tech sector in Scotland and the rest of the world is largely male-dominated, it’s important that women and girls see the range of amazing work which our interviewees do through the Women in Data campaign. These women are using data to explore and change the world – I hope girls at school are inspired by them.”

Professor Judy Robertson, Academic supervisor for the campaign, and Chair in Digital Learning at the University of Edinburgh

 

Data-Driven Innovation

The University of Edinburgh is collaborating with Heriot-Watt University to deliver the 10-year Data-Driven Innovation programme.

The initiative is a key part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and aims to help organisations and all people benefit from the data revolution.

 

Related links

Download the Women in Data report

Women in Data

City Region Deal

 

“This campaign aims to provide role models, showing that women are at the forefront of technological advancement in Scotland, challenging perceptions that scientific and innovation work is ‘just for men’.” Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, Author of the Women in Data report