Anne-Marie Imafidon Scholarships for Women in Technology
'I’d never really thought of myself as a ‘woman in tech’ before […] and realising I was part of a shrinking minority of women working in this area made me recognise this as a problem that needed solving.’
Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-Founder of Stemettes, Member of Durham University’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce the availability of the Anne-Marie Imafidon Scholarships (AMI Scholarships) for Women in Technology, which we were delighted to name after our Advisory Board Member Anne-Marie in recognition of her remarkable work inspiring young women to get involved in STEM. To find out more about Anne-Marie’s work, click here.
At least one AMI scholarship will be awarded each year, made possible by the generous support of our alumni community. Our particular thanks to our principal donors and Board members, Ian Ellison-Taylor (Computing, Grey, ’90) and Dr Neil Hunt (Computing & Electronics, Collingwood, ’83). Ian is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, and Neil was formerly Chief Product Officer at Netflix; both are passionate about bringing more women into the sector and have been integral to the launch of these important scholarships. You can read more about Ian and Neil’s roles on the Advisory Board here. Our sincere thanks go also to Matthew Tebbs (Computing, St Chad’s. ’91), Nigel Ellis (Computing, University College, ’91), and Ian Buchanan (Physics, Grey, ’85), whose subsequent support has allowed us to endow these exciting scholarships in perpetuity.
The AMI scholarships showcase the outstanding calibre of our students and create future cohorts of ambassadors, who we hope will champion the fantastic developments underway in the Department and encourage more talented young women to join our CS community here at Durham in the future.
The under-representation of women in STEM subjects – particularly in Computer Science – has been a topical issue across the world, but with more young women than ever engaging in computing and related subjects at GCSE, now is a great time to celebrate the vibrancy of our Computer Science network - not just here at Durham University, but across the scope of industry and academia.
Ian Ellison-Taylor, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, Member of Durham University’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
'Just a few years ago I never would have imagined becoming a computer scientist – looking back now, taking that leap of faith has been the best decision I have ever made.'
Sara Chen, Computer Science 2018 graduate now DevOps Consultant at Amazon Web Services
By working with our External Advisory Board, our student ambassadors, our industrial partners, and our alumni community, we hope to raise the profile of this exciting discipline and to attract more talented young women to our fast-growing Department in the future, building our pipeline of exceptional graduates who will shape the next generation of technology and innovation.
About the Scholarship
- Recipients of the scholarship will receive an award of £2,000 each year of their study to contribute towards the cost of fees, living expenses, or any other purpose of the recipient’s choosing.
- Recipients of the scholarship will be invited to become Ambassadors of the Department, and will be encouraged to participate in a number of exciting events and activities within the Department and across the wider University throughout the year.
- The scholarship recipients and their winning submissions will be publicised on the Department’s website and across social media channels.
- To be eligible to receive an AMI Women in Technology scholarship, you must be an incoming female undergraduate student with a current offer to study Computer Science (either the B.Sc. or M.Eng. degrees) at Durham University. We will also consider applications from students taking a substantial Computer Science component as part of a degree in Natural Sciences.
- To apply you should also be willing to take up the informal role of ‘Student Ambassador’ during your study at the University. What this role looks like is up to you, but it might involve some of the following;
- Creating a student blog around your experience of studying Computer Science
- Attending occasional open days/events to promote the Department
- Providing a case study for use on the Departmental website
- Supporting the Department’s social media activity around the Women in Tech programme and wider initiatives
- Consenting to the use of your original video submission for use on the website/Departmental social media channels
Receiving this prestigious award and taking part in some of the above activities will be a great addition to your CV, and will also give you the opportunity to share your own ideas about how we showcase our CS community here at Durham and make the student experience in the Department even better.
- At least one award will be made per academic year, and awards will only be made to students who have received and accepted an offer from Durham and who commence their studies at the University in the following October. Should you subsequently choose to defer your studies, you will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.
- Continuation of the annual payments following the first award are subject to the recipient maintaining an average weighted mean mark of 50% (equivalent to a 2:2) at the end of each year; if your performance falls below this average you may be ineligible for subsequent payments of the scholarship. The final decision will be made by the Director of Education in Computer Science.
- This scholarship will not affect your eligibility for other scholarships or awards available at the University.
- To make your application for the scholarship, please create a short video (maximum 2 minutes duration) in answer to the question ‘Why is diversity in technology important, and what would you do as an AMI Women in Tech ambassador at Durham University?’
- The details of the submission are entirely down to you, but they might include your direct response to the question, a ‘voice-over’ style video, or could even be presentation-based, but should not include any personal or sensitive information.
- Submissions should be uploaded externally (via a private YouTube channel) with the location link sent to email@example.com. Please include your name in the email with your video link, and use the subject line ‘AMI Scholarship’, ensuring your submission is sent through by the deadline of 28th February 2020. Please do not send video files directly as attachments.
- Please be aware that that you are responsible for all content uploaded; it is your responsibility to select a secure and appropriate channel, and for deleting it once it is no longer needed. If your submission is chosen and you are awarded with the scholarship, please note that your video will be used on the Department’s website and social media channels and we will require a direct copy of your video (e.g. via a USB stick).
- Video submissions will be examined by a panel to include the Head of Department and other senior members of staff, along with the previous award recipient where possible, and will be judged based on originality, depth of thought, creativity and inventiveness. All decisions will be made at the discretion and judgement of the panel, and will be final.
- For any queries regarding the scholarship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the submission deadline for further assistance.
The first recipients of the prestigious Anne-Marie Imafidon scholarships for Women in Technology have recently joined the Department to begin their Computer Science programmes. The short videos submitted by Panagiota, Alysa and Lucy on their interpretation of the title ‘How can computer science make a positive contribution to society?’ impressed the judges and hence the awards being made. Each video clearly discusses and depicts the impact that Computer Science, as a discipline, has on all aspects of our lives such as transport, the environment, human well-being through medicine and security, the economy and industry to education plus many other areas.