SICSA M&A: Women in Computing Meeting

Date(s) - 15/05/2015
All Day

Robert Gordon University

SICSA Women In Computing (WIC-2015) is the 3rd such event to be supported by the SICSA modelling and abstraction theme. This is a research and networking event, with focus on engaging with funders and developing research leadership skills.

WIC-2015 provides a valuable forum for women to share ideas and benefit from topics that are particularly relevant and tailored to their interest.

Schedule for the day:
This year we have an excellent line-up including Dr Lesley Thompson (Director of Sciences and Engineering, EPSRC) as our invited speaker. Her talk will be on how best to engage with EPSRC at a more strategic level, remit and future directions. Thereafter we plan to have a training session delivered by fistral training on women as leaders, working in environments where the gender balance is not always equal.

12:00 – RGU Welcome by Vice Principle (Professor John Harper)

12:10-13:00 – Research Introductions with lunch – each person has 2 minutes and/or 1 slide to say who they are, and what interesting research they do with a view to making research contacts.

13:00-14:00 – Dr Lesley Thompson (Director of Sciences and Engineering, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): on how best to engage with EPSRC at a more strategic level, remit and future directions.

14:00-16:30 – Dr Rosie Doyle (Instructor Fistral training): on how to develop research leadership skills in environments where the gender balances is not always equal. Tea and coffee will be included in this session.

Buses run frequently from RGU to union square (train and bus stations). Union square also contains restaurants, cafes, shopping and cinema all in the same complex.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Lesley Thompson, Director Programmes EPSRC Dr Lesley Thompson is Director Programmes at EPSRC. EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences. Lesley is responsible for the efficient and effective development of the EPSRC programme, commissioning around £740m of new activity each year and managing a portfolio of over £2bn. Lesley develops and maintains the programme in line with EPSRC’s mission, strategic plan and delivery plan whilst incorporating EPSRC Council’s direction and ensuring integration of all stakeholder perspectives. She is also responsible for the principles of peer review. In addition Lesley is responsible for the strategic interactions of EPSRC with the research and user base. Working with colleagues across RCUK, Lesley is a member of the Research and Impact groups and the Large Facilities Steering Group. In her 25 years of working in the Research Councils, Lesley has worked extensively with a wide breadth of research and user communities and with colleagues across RCUK.

Dr Rosie Doyle, Instructor Fistral Training. Dr Doyle has been working in training and personal development for 20 years. After a career in arts and theatre marketing she qualified as a Person-centred counsellor in 1988 and obtained an MA in Human Resource and Knowledge Management in 2003. In 2008 she was awarded her Doctorate in Management from St Andrew’s University. Specialising in teambuilding, communication skills and coaching work to develop the potential of individuals, she has worked extensively in higher education alongside other professional contexts, in particular public and third sector. Her training combines the rigour of academic research with the pragmatism demanded by managers. Her training design is based on sound theoretical foundations and delivered using highly participative active-learning methods to ensure maximum engagement and retention. She works part-time in the Confident Futures team at Edinburgh Napier University, a unique initiative in higher education, designing and delivering employability development workshops for students and staff. She has been using DISC behavioural profiling in group and individual coaching since 1997 and is an accredited trainer for Inscape Publishing’s DiSC behavioural profiling system Everything DiSC.

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