Below you can find a brief overview of work and discussions carried out at each INGENIC Rep meeting over the years
Date: 8 February 2021
The 7th meeting of the INGENIC network was held on the 8th of February 2021. Due to the government restrictions in place as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting was held on Zoom. Representatives from TCD, IADT, UCD, TU Dublin City Centre, TU Dublin Tallaght, MU, CIT, LyIT, DkIT, WIT, GMIT, UCC, IT Tralee, IT Carlow and LIT were in attendance. Vivek Nallur from UCD and Robert O’Connor from WIT joined us for the first time and we welcome them to the network.
This meeting was largely concerned with the HEA Gender Equality Enhancement Fund 2020 and two projects in particular that successfully received funding. Anne Wright from IADT outlined the project plan for “INGENIC: the Collective Voice for Gender Equality in Computing”; she put out a call for assistance and will be in touch with the network for volunteers and feedback as the project progresses. Sarah Jane Delaney from TU Dublin told us about the “Techmate” project which secured funding to research, develop and evaluate a toolkit of best practice techniques and methods for recruiting and retaining female students on technology-focussed programmes.
Sarah Jane also outlined the workings of the EU COST Action on the EU Network for Gender Balance in Informatics, https://edmedia.rise.org.cy/eugain/, she is involved in and promoted the possibility of COST-funded “Short Term Scientific Missions”.
Catherine O’Connor, Education Consultant, https://www.catherineoconnor.ie/, then made a presentation on Addressing the Gender Divide in Computer Science. This was based on a presentation she made to the Third Level Computing Forum in January 2014 where she outlined the results of her research into the perceptions that girls have of a career in Computer Science. Generally it was felt that these perceptions were still in evidence but there may be some positive news to report based on recent research carried out by Brett Becker and Keith Quille regarding the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course. It was suggested that we invite Brett and Keith to update us on their findings at the next meeting.
Virtual Meet & Share Event
Date: 22 June 2020
Welcome & Introductions:
The meeting hosts (Caroline Sheedy & Fiona Lawless, DKIT) welcomed everyone to the event and the meeting commenced with attendees introducing themselves and indicating their interest in the group.
This was followed by a number of presentations:
- A Review of ESTeEM from 2017 to the Present. (Leslie Shoemaker, TU Dublin)
Leslie Shoemaker of TUD provided an overview of the ESTeEM mentoring programme – Equality in Science and Technology by Engaged Educational Mentoring – aimed at assisting female engineering and computing students to reflect on and recognise the positive career choice they have made. Additionally, the programme supports students in identifying the opportunities open to them as a result of their chosen area of study and in building confidence in relation to their place in these traditionally male-focused sectors. Leslie invited members who were interested in further information or future workshops to get in touch with her.
- Sense of Belonging Survey. (Catherine Mooney & Brett Becker, UCD)
Catherine Mooney of UCD presented on the background to – and findings of – a Sense of Belonging Survey, recently conducted in UCD by herself and Brett Becker. The survey, which was administered to a cohort of UCD Computer Science students, focused on examining the relationship between student’s participation in Networking, Outreach, and Mentoring activities and their Sense of Belonging. Preliminary results indicate that creating opportunities for student Networking, Mentoring and Outreach may have a positive impact on their Sense of Belonging, which is itself associated with attributes such as motivation and persistence. Catherine invited group members interested in collaborating, by repeating the survey in their own institutions, to get in touch.
- Leaving Cert CS – Rollout. How can INGENIC contribute to this? Monica Ward of DCU gave a brief overview of plans around the rollout of the new Computer Science Subject at Leaving Certificate and invited the group to consider the role it could play in relation to this.
Sharing: A number of the group shared their experiences over the past few months and/or informed the group about future events
- Ruth Lennon, LYIT and Paula Roberts, TCD: spoke on ACM-W encouraged members to get involved/take on roles in an Irish Chapter committee and discussed the womENcourage event.
• Monica Ward, DCU, Online Teaching, and Offline Assessment. Discussion of experiences of BOLD in Covid.
• Keith Quille, TUD. Provided an overview of his recent works.
Date: 5 February 2019
The Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing (INGENIC) held its 3rd meeting in DCU on Friday 11th January. The meeting was chaired by Dr Monica Ward from the School of Computing, DCU.
Three guest speakers gave extremely interesting talks. Sandra Healy, DCU’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, gave an insightful presentation on the Athena Swan process. Jennifer Ryan (IDA) informed the group about the IDA’s work on gathering information on females in STEM initiatives across different sectors: primary school, secondary school, third level, working and returners. Joe English (Professional Development Service for Teachers – PDST) gave an overview of the roll-out of the new Leaving Cert Computer Science curriculum and the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) they have delivered to teachers. Overall, the meeting was very productive and members will continue to work on collaborative initiatives focusing on increasing gender equality in computing and relevant projects in the female in computing domain.
Date: 20 June 2018
The Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing (INGENIC) held its 1st meeting in TU Dublin on Wednesday 20th June. The meeting was chaired by Dr Susan Mckeever – Senior lecturer – Technological University Dublin.
The group is composed of interested academic members of national third level organisations. Our main aims are to:
- Help increase the enrolment of females on third level computing programmes.
- Improve the experience of female students in computing programmes.
- Identify and develop supports for staff development in line with national and international recommendations for improving gender diversity and equality.
- Support collaborative approaches to address these aims.