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ECS students VIPs at Google

Published: 
14 April 2008
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ECSWomen were VIP guests of Google London this week when they were invited to the groundbreaking technology company’s showcase UK headquarters.

Understanding how hi-tech companies operate is an essential skill for today’s graduates. This opportunity for face-to-face discussions is just one example of the opportunities which ECS is providing for our important minority of top quality female students. 'We all had such a great time,' said MEng Software Engineering student and ECSWomen committee member Despina Zenonos.

The meeting was hosted by Eleanor Mulligan and Vicky Greaves from Google. Eight students from across a range of ECS computing and electronics degrees participated. The meeting was set up by Dr Su White who has special responsibility for the graduate employability agenda in ECS. This is just one of the many ways in which ECSWomen is providing informal support and networking opportunities in the school. ECSWomen is currently led by postgrad student Reena Pau. 'ECSwomen is an brilliant initiative,' commented Dr White. 'Like our Student Society the achievements of ECSWomen show how students themselves can establish really effective support networks which can contribute to academic and personal objectives. There is really heavy competition to get jobs with Google, but we already have ECS graduates working there; and we are keen to encourage current undergrads to apply for internships.'

ECSwomen will be working to build an ongoing relationship with Google. The current term-time programme includes scheduled evening talks and informal lunchtime support meetings. They are also talking with Girl Geek Dinners to establish a local meeting to provide students with even more networking opportunities.

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