The Equate Student Network

This is the only network for women studying science, engineering, technology and built environment at Scotland’s Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the network is to support, develop and champion women students who can often feel in isolation as the only woman, or one of a few women, in a male dominated classroom.

We work with universities and colleges to help them recruit a student champion on their campus to help built a network of women in STEM, support engagement activities and work with their institutions on gender equality in STEM activities (for example activities related to the gender action plan).

Student champions have an opportunity to be ambassadors for gender equality in STEM and through Equate’s training and activities gain skills in building partnerships, planning, public speaking and outreach.

Throughout the year we provide development opportunities to ensure we are making a different for women student in STEM. As a university or college partner and as a student champion, you would be part of:

  • A development and planning day – this is early in the academic year to support student champions and staff to learn more about innovative ways to support women students in STEM and make a plan for the year ahead
  • The Equate Student Network Conference and Awards – at our annual national student conference you can nominate student champions for their work and nominate the best student-staff partnership
  • Student champion development events and webinars – we will  be hosting webinars and training days in Spring which focus on getting the most of the student champion role and get ready for your future career in STEM – the topics covered can be public speaking, assertiveness and CV and interview skills.

“Being part of the student network has really opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ve met some amazing women in industry and also networked with other female STEM students. Organising a networking event helped me secure a summer work placement with Skyscanner. Employers are interested in my experiences with Interconnect and it enhances my CV. I’d really urge every female student to get involved and be part of the Interconnect network.”

Chelsea Sievewright

Previous Student Champion from Abertay University

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If you are a university or college staff member interested in recruiting a local champion – get in touch.

Woman Student in STEM?

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