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 difference for women student in STEM. As a university or college partner and as a student champion, you would be part of:
- An induction day for anyone who is intersted in being involved int he network or is thinking about applying to be a Student Champion through their institution.
- 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
- Workshops and networking events organised through the academic year in collaboration with Champions and Student Groups.
- The Equate Student Network Conference and Awards – at our annual national student conference you can nominate students 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 the Spring which focus on getting the most of the student champion role and get ready for your future career in STEM – the topics covered are chosen by the champions but in the past have been 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.”
Previous Student Champion from Abertay University