Forging a path into computing: perspectives of a PhD student on women in computing

Marwa Salayma, who is one of the PhD students in the School of Computing, recently recorded an interview about her journey from Palestine to doctoral studies at Edinburgh Napier University.

In this three minute video Marwa relates her enthusiasm for computing as a career and her optimism for her future job prospects, the encouragement that her family has given her to succeed (she is one of seven daughters), and the highly successful female role models in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University who inspire and motivate her (myself, Professor Jessie Kennedy, Professor Emma Hart, and Dr Sally Smith). She also speaks quite personally about some challenges that she faced as a teenager, and imposter syndrome as experienced by PhD students.

My favourite quotation from the interview is this: ‘Boys can survive whatever their situation. The power of a girl is her education and her qualification.

ASIST Annual Lecture 2016: resources now available #asist_al16

ASIST logoOn 30th November 2016 Edinburgh Napier University hosted the 2016 Annual Lecture of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). Continue reading

Frances Ryan performs at Bright Club Edinburgh

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Update 29th February 2016: a video of Frances’ excellent performance is now available on YouTube. Frances also writes about the experience of presenting her research in stand-up format on her blog Just a PhD.


Good luck to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Frances Ryan, who is performing tonight at The Stand Comedy Club as part of a Bright Club Edinburgh show. Continue reading