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 2017/18 Interconnect Student Champions are:

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University

Julia Jung

My name is Julia Jung and I am in my 4th year studying Marine and Freshwater Biology at Edinburgh Napier University. I love hiking, wildlife watching and nature photography. I grew up in Germany, but spent quite some time over the last 4 years working and volunteering as a computer teacher in Iceland, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Alaska. I also run a society called “PubScienceClub” at my university, which creates opportunities for students and lecturers to engage in informal discussions about interesting scientific questions. I wanted to be an Interconnect Student Champion, because there are many pressing issues, such as climate change, facing our generation and I think one of the keys for finding solutions is to help to create more equality in the STEM field since “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”, as Malala Yousafzai put it. I am looking forward to working with you over the next year, so we can help each other live up to our full potential and work on solutions to change the world.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Lavinia Calvi

Hi I am Lavinia, currently studying my master in Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.

I am very social, caring and enthusiastic, I love to be the helping hand. Additionally, I love spots; playing basketball with friends is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. I am Italian and have lived most of my life in the Netherlands, therefore I really enjoy cycling around.

I have been involved with Interconnect since my third year of university, and honestly it has been fantastic. Being part of Interconnect has allowed me to develop and build my own amazing opportunities I would have never imagined. I am currently trying to engage with all the students within STEM subjects in order to bring everyone together to run interesting events and workshops. In this manner I also hope to encourage and inspire students into STEM subjects.

Perth College UHI

Perth College UHI

Nurina Sharmin

My name is Nurina Sharmin, I’m a British Bangladeshi, I’ll be starting my 2nd year of Aircraft Engineering BengH. I grew up in Milton Keynes, South East of England and have recently moved to Perth to pursue my degree. Aviation is a part of who I am, a long-time goal which I hope to achieve with small steps hopefully leaving behind legacy and inspiring others to fulfil their dreams. I am also the Vice President of Education and Engagement 2017/2018 at HISA-Perth.

Interconnect will give me the opportunity to build and create networks for my friends and other STEMS at Perth College. A place where different people and different interests can combine and inspire others to pursue their dreams.  Being a female STEM student myself I have a personal interest with regards to STEM issues and the gender imbalance in courses. At my first year of the degree I was the only female in my year. I’m looking forward to working with Equate Scotland, running engaging and interesting networking events and workshops.

University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Nicola Shaw

My name is Nicola Shaw and I am a fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Aberdeen.  I am very passionate about equality in the STEM industry so the role of Student Champion will allow me to encourage fellow female STEM students to pursue this industry and make others aware of the opportunities available for young women. Aside from the academic aspect of my life, I also play for Aberdeen University’s women’s hockey team. This year, I became a STEM Ambassador for the North East Hub in which I volunteer at STEM events based towards primary school children. Being a female STEM student, I hope to use my own experiences to help encourage young women to use the Interconnect Network to their full advantage so they can achieve their full potential.

University of Abertay

University of Abertay

Charlotte Kay

I am a third-year Food and Consumer Science student (accelerated) at the University of Abertay, Dundee. I love to cook, eat and socialise as well as research new and exciting innovations. It is fair to say I am passionate about all things food related. I became interested in gender equality within STEM subjects after seeing the Equate Scotland, Interconnect stand at Fresher’s fayre. I have been fortunate to have worked in strong, all female teams in the past and I would love to help combat the ‘glass ceiling’ in my future career. I hope to be able to spread word about the Interconnect network over the academic year and encourage others to get involved.

University of Dundee

University of Dundee

Stephanie Anani

I am a second-year civil engineering student at the University of Dundee. I am originally Nigerian but moved to the UK when I was sixteen for educational purposes. Gender Equality in STEM fields has been a passion of mine since I was 16. I founded the Women in STEM society at my university and believe being and Interconnect Student Champion will further enhance my ability to promote women in STEM.  I am zealful sustainable construction, as well as sustainable and safe energy production. Additionally, I am interested in coastal infrastructure that focuses on mitigating rising sea levels and producing tidal energy. I thoroughly enjoy writing and performing spoken word poetry. I also enjoy challenges and puzzles such as Sudoku and Criss-Cross.

University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Elisabeth Feldstein

My name is Elisabeth and I am in my 4th year of a 5-year master’s course in Chemistry. I grew up in Canada and so coming to Scotland was quite the adventure. The past 3 years in Scotland have taught me a lot both academically and personally. I decided to pursue chemistry as a degree as in my mind it is the perfect combination of maths and sciences. I enjoy learning whether in the lab or lectures and I hope to one day be able to use my knowledge to help improve the lives of others through research and development of products and pharmaceuticals. I believe that gender equality in the STEM fields are very important both for students and professionals, and this is something that is often overlooked which is why I decided to become involved with Interconnect in the first place. I hope that through my involvement with Interconnect I can provide my fellow female peers with confidence and awareness. I am very excited for the year ahead and to be working with Interconnect once again!

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow
Brogan Gauld

I am studying my fourth year of MEng Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Glasgow. Recently I was elected as President of the Glasgow Uni Female Engineering Society for 2017/18 – I take pride in my efforts to bridge the gender gap in engineering through our events and outreach work, our society has been a brilliant way to network and socialise with some incredibly inspiring female engineers. I am one of two girls on our Mech Eng course so I have witnessed the gender imbalance first hand and it has only fuelled my passion to encourage more diversity in STEM careers.

I enjoy engineering because of the opportunities is has opened up to me, and the places it will hopefully take me! This past summer it allowed me to travel to China on an intern scholarship and work with a green technology start-up!

University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Shannon Western

I am a 4th year biology student at the University of Stirling. I chose to study biology over other STEM degrees as I have always been passionate about nature, health, and the environment.

Outside of my studies I am interested in health and fitness, creating plant based recipes, and learning as much as I can about anything possible! I am also passionate equality, not just in terms of women, but also for animals and with regards to global issues (such as access to freshwater).

I am proud to be a student champion as I want to ensure female students make the most of their STEM degrees, are aware of the opportunities that are available to them, and so that there is a community which is supportive.

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde
Hannah Houston

My name is Hannah Houston, and I am a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at Strathclyde University. I love my degree: I love using maths to solve problems, and I love how social engineering can be. In my spare time, I am a part of a society at university who build wind turbines, and I am involved in feminist activism within Lanarkshire, where I am from. Studying STEM is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and the reward of my degree is much more than I ever could have imagined. I am really excited to see where being a Student Champion will take me in the coming year, and where becoming an engineer will take me in later life!

University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Tanya Bykova

Hello! I am Tanya, currently undergoing my final year of PhD in Chemistry at St Andrews. I was brought up in a very international environment, where my family moved from Ukraine to Israel and then to UK. This has given me a lot of courage and excitement to meet new people of different backgrounds. Realising how different we are and how challenging it can be to be the minority, equality issues have to be addressed, especially in STEM. Therefore, Interconnect is a great opportunity for us to learn about the experiences of others, network with peers, meet potential employers and learn how to enhance our career prospects. I am passionate about my current research and in the future I would love to make the most of my opportunities in STEM as well as involve others in order to see their full potential.

In my spare time I love travelling, painting, swing dancing. I am also a member of girls’ football team in Chemistry league, which is great fun.