Only girl on IT course calls for others to sign up

THE SOLE female student on an IT course at Coleg Gwent is encouraging other girls to take up technology, ahead of a flagship digital event heading to the city next week.

Rebecca Stopgate, from Pontypool, is currently studying foundation degree IT Security at the College’s Pontypool campus, and is hoping to inspire other young females to see the career potential in information and communication technology.

The 19-year-old student said: “Whether it’s basic software knowledge or the practical hardware side, or the way that technology is evolving and becoming essential in many aspects of life, it really is a fascinating subject to study and be part of.”

Last year the European Commission found just 30 per cent of the 7 million people working in the ICT sector are women, and that women are majorly under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector – especially in decision-making positions.

As the only girl on her course, Miss Stopgate added: “If I come out of this course with a degree in IT Security it’s going to give me hundreds of job opportunities, the demand for IT Security graduates are just going to keep increasing as technology advances. It’s a perfect time to be coming out with qualifications in this subject. Technology is the way forward- the earlier people learn how to use it, the better.”

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2:01pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ian (Mac) MacKinlay says...

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Today's Argus, dated 11 June 2014:

First paragraph, etc, from article above:


"1:37pm Wednesday 11th June 2014 in News .

THE SOLE female student on an IT course at Coleg Gwent is encouraging other girls to take up technology, ahead of a flagship digital event heading to the city next week. "

This "flagship digital event heading to the city next week" wouldn't be the same one, would it, that was reported in the Argus yesterday, as being reported upon Live in this newspaper?




From yesterday's Argus, dated 10 June 2014:


"LIVE: Digital 2014 in Newport

9:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014 in News
Live: Digital in Newport

FOLLOW live coverage of the Digital 2014 event at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. Speakers will be from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Telefonica UK, Nominet, Microsoft and Sir Terry Matthews. "
. Today's Argus, dated 11 June 2014: First paragraph, etc, from article above: "1:37pm Wednesday 11th June 2014 in News . THE SOLE female student on an IT course at Coleg Gwent is encouraging other girls to take up technology, ahead of a flagship digital event heading to the city next week. " This "flagship digital event heading to the city next week" wouldn't be the same one, would it, that was reported in the Argus yesterday, as being reported upon Live in this newspaper? From yesterday's Argus, dated 10 June 2014: "LIVE: Digital 2014 in Newport 9:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014 in News Live: Digital in Newport FOLLOW live coverage of the Digital 2014 event at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. Speakers will be from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Telefonica UK, Nominet, Microsoft and Sir Terry Matthews. " Ian (Mac) MacKinlay
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2:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Ian (Mac) MacKinlay says...

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From first the paragraph:

"a flagship digital event heading to the city next week. "




I wonder whether Miss Stopgate realises that she has missed it.

Perhaps somebody had better tell her.



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. From first the paragraph: "a flagship digital event heading to the city next week. " I wonder whether Miss Stopgate realises that she has missed it. Perhaps somebody had better tell her. . Ian (Mac) MacKinlay
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5:27pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

One hopes the "flagship digital event" will also explain to female IT students that once they graduate they'll sadly be working for an average of 15 per cent less than their male peers for doing exactly the same job.
One hopes the "flagship digital event" will also explain to female IT students that once they graduate they'll sadly be working for an average of 15 per cent less than their male peers for doing exactly the same job. Katie Re-Registered
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8:56am Thu 12 Jun 14

bodlondon says...

You have proof of that figure for the IT industry Katie?

I was under the impression that it is one of the best sectors for equal pay - evidence tot he contrary happily received
You have proof of that figure for the IT industry Katie? I was under the impression that it is one of the best sectors for equal pay - evidence tot he contrary happily received bodlondon
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