Did you know that in the UK only 17% of tech jobs are held by women? And that in technical roles in the North only 12% are female?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Department of Computer Science teamed up with community tech network, Liverpool Girl Geeks, for an exciting event to encourage female students to #BeBoldForChange.

The highly interactive event on Friday 10 March hosted by Jo Morfee from Liverpool Girl Geeks, featured an inspiring panel which included Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO and Founder of ORCHA, Olivia Greenberg, Chief Innovation Officer at Nova, tech blogger Holly Redman from digital consultancy Mashbo, along with Edge Hill’s Professor Ella Pereira, followed by workshop that aimed to show female students how to be bold in a male-dominated tech industry.

As well as hearing from local women in tech, who have taken bold steps to improve their own lives and careers and make a change in the lives of other women, the event gave more than 70 male and female students the opportunity to network and understand issues affecting women in tech.

The Department of Computer Science also took the opportunity to launch a new student society in association with Liverpool Girl Geeks to encourage support and networking on campus.

Jo Morfee, from Liverpool Girl Geeks, said: “We’re delighted to be helping establish a Girls in Tech Student Society at Edge Hill. For us it’s about setting up a support network on campus, creating a safe place for women to talk and share their issues, ideas and network. It will help keep students motivated, give them confidence and find mentors to help them reach their career aspirations.

“If we go back to GCSE level only 20% of technology students are female, at A-Level this drops to 10% then at degree level, it’s much lower again. For many female students they are often the only female on their course or greatly outnumbered by male students. The creation of this society will show potential and existing students that they are valued and that they have a strong voice within the technology field, not only within the University but across the wider community.”

Liverpool Girl Geeks works to educate and inspire women and girls about working in the tech sector through events, projects and a thriving community network.