The award-winning WISDOM group was founded in May 2016 by two female PhD students who wanted to create an opportunity to raise the profile of female staff and students working and studying in the fields of Mathematics and Information Security and encourage more women to enter into these academic disciplines. The group also offers a strong support network and is fully attended by males and females who are interested in exploring ways that more women can be encouraged into the fields of Information Security and Maths.
WISDOM activities include monthly lunch meetings, workshops, discussion groups and outreach activities including socials.
At the ISG Open Day in June, members of the WISDOM group took part in an "Ask Me Anything" session with Professor Averil MacDonald, which was an interesting and stimulating discussion about the issues surrounding gender balance in STEM subjects. The video of the session can be seen here.
See the WISDOM blog for details of WISDOM activities and articles.
"From ISG student figures, we know that year-on-year, the proportion of female students is surprisingly consistent at about 20%; and considering how many of the world' experts we have trained this could well be the proportion in industry. Why 20%? - Why can we not attract more and swell our student numbers? Furthermore, with less female students training to be experts, there are less top-class female applicants for our academic posts, so even the departments cannot buck the trend.
However, things can change; for example, veterinary science used to be heavily male dominated and now has turned full circle.
The formation of WISDOM is a very positive first step, providing a friendly discussion group within the School, which will hopefully lead to positive ideas/events that could make a real difference.
I very much hope that you will consider joining the new WISDOM group, which I consider to be important for the future of the ISG/School and the related subject areas."
Prof Keith Mayes, Director Information Security Group
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In the 2016/17 annual Principal's award ceremony at Royal Holloway - the group was awarded the Enhancing Fairness Award.
Current nominations and shortlisting:
The group has just been shortlisted for a Women in Tech Award. See here for more information: https://wearetechwomen.wearethecity.com/techwomen50-network-shortlist-2017/