Girl Geeks launches its first UK campus in the North East
Programme aims to inspire, inform and support more women to pursue STEM careers and work for STEM businesses
A national programme to support female STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students, Girl Geeks Campus, has been launched at Newcastle and Northumbria universities.
The Campus will act as a professional community to support and develop the talents of females in STEM, providing inspiration, role models and opportunities to foster industry connections and pursue careers in relevant sectors.
Management consultant and technology service Accenture will be one of the programme’s employers; providing mentoring and guidance to help develop essential employability skills.
It's intended that Girl Geeks Campus will engage students from the start of their time at university, through to graduation and beyond.
Managing director of Newcastle delivery centre at Accenture, Bob Paton, said: “This is a vital initiative to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers, both in the North East and across the UK.
“Businesses – particularly those like Accenture, where we recruit STEM graduates – need to collaborate with the education sector to engage more females who are about to embark on their career paths.
“This exciting programme will increase access to career opportunities for female STEM students and ultimately help them to fulfil their potential.”
Director at Girl Geeks, Mia chapman, commented:
“Promoting diversity in STEM is vital, through extensive research and consultation undertaken; Girl Geeks Campus has been developed as a concept to increase the role of technical females in education and subsequently industry.”