Student Champions

Interconnect Student Champions are ambassadors for the network within their college or university. These women students are passionate about their course and the Interconnect Network.

The role involves contributing new ideas and giving feedback for the development of Interconnect, engaging new students in the network, bringing students together on campus for events and supporting Interconnect student groups

Our champions have also been fundamental in establishing Interconnect student groups on campus and talking about the network and their course at school careers events. If you are interested in attending an event or getting involved in your local Interconnect Group please contact your student champion.

The 2016/17 Interconnect Student Champions are:

Lavinia Calvi

LaviniaHeriot Watt

I am Lavinia a 3rd year chemical engineering student at Heriot Watt university. I am Italian and lived in the Netherlands. My multicultural background allows me to be very social, open minded, caring and enthusiastic. One of my greatest passions is dancing, I generally love sports, and I am a member of the athletics club at Heriot Watt and enjoy playing basketball with friends.

Aleksandra Tomczyk

AleksandraUniversity of Abertay

I am a Civil Engineering student, just going into my fourth year. I was born and raised in Poland, and moved to Scotland to pursue my higher education, as I felt (and still do) that being here gives me many more opportunities.
Professionally, my interests include sustainability, renewable energy and roads engineering. I am still trying to decide which path I should choose.
I am passionate about the broad topic of equality, not only regarding woman, also global warming and access to freshwater.
In my spare time I enjoy books, movies, cooking and gym.
One of my biggest dreams is to see the world evolve into a more understanding place.

Natasha Campbell

NatashaEdinburgh Napier University

Hello fellow female STEM students, I will be your new Student Champion for this academic year. I will be here to help promote the work of Interconnect with the help of you through enjoyable networking together, and participating in various events that will be organised both on and off campus. Hopefully everyone will get involved and gain a greater insight into their particular field of study, meet plenty of new people and have a chat with some employers. Remember that I am here also as a female STEM student so I would love to share my own experiences with you also to enable you to use the Interconnect network to your full advantage.
If you have any questions about the work of Interconnect or how you can get involved with Interconnect events, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Olubunmi Onanuga

City of Glasgow College

In secondary school, I liked Physics and Mathematics. Also, I had an interest in the science of how systems work and how to make them work better. However, after working in industries for a few years that are not STEM related, I decided it was time to follow my dreams and train to become a Mechanical Engineer.

Jen Wilson

Ayrshire College

Hi, I’m Jen and am currently studying HNC Mechanical Engineering at Ayrshire College after having successfully completed SWAP Access To STEM at Kilmarnock Campus. My role is to promote Interconnect to fellow students and encourage young women still in school of the potential opportunities of a career in the STEM industry. My aim is to ensure students, staff and employers are aware of Interconnect and the great opportunities that it brings by opening doors and enhancing connections to young women with an interest in STEM.

Itziar Ferreira Cores

itziarUniversity of Abertay
I´m a woman who takes the positive view in every situation. As we all fight for something, I decided to challenge myself the moment I started a Bsc(Hons) in Civil Engineering. First in Spain and then in Scotland, I took the chance to make a contribution to this World by providing better infrastructures. Sustainability is a necessity nowadays, so every little thing that brings us together and makes a good impact in our careers and personal developments it is welcome.

Katie Grimmond

KatieUniversity of Aberdeen

I am studying MSci Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. I am interested in animal behaviour and cognition and hope to continue researching this after university. I am passionate about nature and wildlife and am a member of ReRoute the youth advisory panel working with SNH to increase engagement of young people with biodiversity. I volunteer at Edinburgh Zoo and get to discuss conservation and animal behaviour with visitors. I also volunteer with Befriend a Child in Aberdeen, taking a vulnerable young person on fortnightly outings. I believe that everyone can make a difference in the world and should pursue their passions.

Heather Clark

interconnect-profile-pictureUniversity of Strathclyde
My name is Heather Clark, and I am in my third year studying chemical engineering at Strathclyde University. I chose this degree over many other STEM-related degrees which interested me during my high school years because it combines my love of chemistry, maths, physics and problem solving. I enjoy the practical laboratory part of my course as well as the challenge of applying theoretical knowledge to previously unseen problems. Aside from the academic aspect of university, I am a General Committee Member on the Interconnect Society, and I enjoy learning about the opportunities available for internships and after graduating. I also enjoy keeping up to date with research and development in engineering through news articles and magazines published by the Institute of Chemical Engineers. I love keeping fit, so as well as playing badminton I joined the rowing club at my university. It is a new challenge for me and I look forward to continuing to improve next year!

Emily Kerr

emily-kerrUniversity of Strathclyde

I’m Emily Kerr. I’m an endangered species – a young female engineer! I’m a 2nd year undergraduate studying MEng Product Design Engineering here at Strathclyde Uni and at Interconnect we recognise how amazing a female STEM undergraduate is.

I love studying PDE and the opportunities it has given me – the IMeche Eaton Aerospace Scholarship 2015, Management Today ‘Inspiring Women Conference Runner-up.’ IET Present Around the World British Finalist and Runner-up and IMechE Speak Out for Engineering Runner-up. I’ve met some great people and had good times being part of the Strathclyde Equestrian Team and Strathclyde Gliding Club too.

I’m passionate about STEM opportunities and helping others to achieve that chance to explore their dreams and realise their STEM potential. Make the very most of your STEM degree and career opportunities at Strathclyde University and ask me about joining Interconnect.

Charlotte Kerr

Charlotte-Kerr-WISE-awardHeriot Watt University

I’m Charlotte a third year Civil Engineering student at Heriot Watt.  I’m a Highland lass and love the outdoors.  Helps when studying civil engineering! Civil engineering is the building and shaping of society and I wanted to contribute to that shaping of our lives. I knew Heriot Watt was right for me when one of my lecturers described civil engineers as the ‘superheroes of society’ constantly working to improve our standard of life.  To enable a better balanced result is why I joined Interconnect, to support fellow female students to seize opportunities and ensure their effort in building a balanced future for all society.  Fact: We need more engineers – especially female engineers to build a better future!  Speak to me about joining Interconnect.

P.S.  I’m also dyslexic, an Equestrian and Ski Club member, love chocolate, meeting people and fun nights out!