Student Champions

Equate Student Champions are ambassadors for the network within their college or university, they are recruited by their university or college and are currently studying a STEM subject. All the student champions are supported by Equate Scotland and given skills and training to help them in their role.

The role of a student champion involves contributing new ideas and giving feedback for the development of Equate Student Network, engaging students at their university or college in the network, organising women in STEM activities on campus and working with their university or college to influence women into STEM initiatives or projects.

If you are interested in attending an event or getting involved in your local Equate Student Group please contact your Student Champion.

The 2018/19 Equate Student Network Champions are:

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde
Hannah Houston

My name is Hannah Houston, and I am a 4th 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 Abertay

University of Abertay
Ailsa Howie
My name is Ailsa Howie and I am in my 4th year of studying Civil Engineering at the University of Abertay, Dundee. I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring women to get into STEM and explaining how perceptions have changed which has resulted in more women pursuing careers within the sector. I attend events to give Women the chance to hear first-hand, the opportunities available to them within STEM careers and to reinforce that jobs within STEM are ‘not just for boys’.
I have had some fantastic opportunities already and this is something I want to share with others and continue to show my support for women in ALL STEM subjects. I will continue to share my own experiences and influence women into different initiatives.
In my spare time, I love traveling, playing the Bagpipes and I am also a keen football supporter of my local team.

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Engineering and Built Environment

Sarah Johnston

Edinburgh Napier University 

Hi I’m Sarah

I am studying a BEng Civil engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. Going into my fourth year. I am a keen rugby player and play for my university team. I am also part of the civil engineering society. I have been involved with the Equate network since 1st year. Learning a STEM subject was always interesting to me as I have always been good at maths and physics. I would like to share my passion with the younger generation. Equate network has allowed me to make friends and become a confident individual within a professional atmosphere.

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Computing

Rachele Cavinia

Edinburgh Napier University 

Rachele is a Digital Media student, her dream is working in the 3D animation production industry. Strong and independent she is president of the Napier Women’s Volleyball Club.

Recently, she collaborated on a client’s project at The Yard where she worked for a two weeks placement. She is a future Saltire Scholar, she will undertake an internship in Cambridge to collaborate with the IT team of an international company.

Always thinking positively and never letting herself down, she loves talking to people, hearing stories and sharing experiences.

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Applied Science

Anna Krzynowek

Edinburgh Napier University 

My name is Anna Krzynowek and I am in my 4th year studying Biomedical Sciences. The reason why I enjoy being Student Champion for Edinburgh Napier University is because I am passionate about equality and would like to connect with other female STEM students at my Univeristy. STEM are demanding and challenging fields therefore, building fairerand more inclusive workplace are key to progress.

Outside studies, I enjoy travelling, meeting new people and reading. I am a student panellist for University of Oxford publishing as well as part-time volunteer at Polish Scottish Heritage Trail where I help with events promoting minority groups in Edinburgh and Lothian area. If you have any questions about the network or just would like to chat, feel free to reach out to me anytime.

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Kirsty Carlyle 

I am a current 4th year MEng Biomedical Engineering student at University of Glasgow. I have been passionate about STEM subjects since school, in particular, the application of maths and physics to the ‘real world’. I am President of FemEng – GU’s Female Engineering society which involves organising social, networking and outreach events. This role has enabled me to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM, even internationally as part of FemEng in Rwanda.

University of Glagow

University of Glasgow

Fai Johnson

Hi, my name is Fai and I am currently a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Glasgow.Last summer, I travelled to Rwanda with 7 other female engineering students to promote STEM subjects to school children with the hope of them choosing Engineering at University.

This year I am President of a student-led society called Handprints. We aim to provide 3D printed prosthetic upper limbs to those who need it.