Student Societies & activities
WiSTEM (Women in Stem)
KCL Women in STEM (WiSTEM) was founded by a group of students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments at KCL. They are a network of students, professionals, academics, and researchers who aim to both encourage young women to study STEM, and support those who are already studying STEM disciplines. Motivated by their experiences in the fields, WiSTEM is an intersectional society that is passionate to promote diversity and equality in the STEM disciplines.
They believe that achieving a more diverse STEM-force is an issue that concerns all of us. The lack of gender parity in these fields has been acknowledged for decades, and many groups across universities in the UK are actively working towards similar visions. The root causes of the gender disparity are diverse and intersectional, and require a multifaceted approach to continue to improve the situation in STEM. Thus, WiSTEM is motivated to work with the departments and societies at KCL to work towards gender parity throughout the academic and industrial STEM fields.
The main activities of WiSTEM consist of organising events and workshops, maintaining a mentoring scheme and setting up an outreach programme to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. An example is the workshop on Imposter Syndrome they organised in April 2016. With these activities, WiSTEM aims to represent and support their members and wishes to tailor the approach to take account of gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion and more.
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KCL Women in Physics (WinP)
KCL Women in Physics aims to address issues surrounding the under-representation of women in Physics through a series of educational and social events, in a safe and comfortable environment.
Women are an under-represented group in Physics – at school, university and particularly in academia. By creating this group like this, WinP hope to bring women in physics together to discuss their experience as a minority group and to combat isolation.
KCL Tech Society
The KCL Tech Society, founded in 2013, has emerged as one of the most prominent student societies at King’s. With a strong focus on creating a collaborative community of people who are passionate about the future of technology, its membership of close to 1800 subscribers encompasses students studying a wide range of subjects.
KCL Tech Run a variety of events, including weekly technical and non technical workshops, hackathons such as HackKing’s and HackLondon, meet ups with companies and socials with other universities. An annual Techference features a session on Women in Tech where the achievements and experiences of some remarkable women in technology are presented.
Members of KCL Tech also contribute to the UK Tech scene by promoting gender equality through coaching groups such as Code First: Girls or Rails Girls. One member, Maria Vrabie has received the Faculty's Gender Equality Student Fund and the Ada Lovelace Student Prize for promoting gender equality across the community.
Recent activities include Techference 2016. For further details see the event report here.
To find out more about the KCL Tech Society, you can visit their website: http://kcltech.com
Gender Equality student Fund
Each terms the Faculty provide funds for students, both individual and those part of a larger group, to run events or activities that support the promotion of gender equality in STEM fields. Events and activities supported to date include an imposter syndrome workshop and a Techference which partly focused on Women in Tech.
Further information on the Gender Equality Student Fund can be found here.