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Dr Reena Pau
I am an enthusiastic freelance computer science communicator. I am passionate about increasing the numbers of women entering the technology sector at both education and at board levels in industry. I create and deliver outreach and training activities for people of all ages and have a number of publications in the areas of computer science education, computer science outreach, and computer science & women.
2005 – 2010: PhD Student, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. (School Scholarship)
Thesis Title: Experiential factors which influence how female students perceive computing and computing careers at different ages of their education.
2002 – 2005: Bachelor of Science, Information Technology and Organisations, University of Southampton. 1st Class Honours.
Dissertation topic: Factors which dissuade women to choose computing as a career option. (Dissertation Prize Awarded).
May 2012 – Present: Diversity Consultant. Freelance diversity in STEM consultant. Current clients: University of Southampton and Technoheroines (Technocamps Aber branch).
August 2011 – April 2012: Workshop Coordinator. Technocamps is a European funded project based in Wales, which aims to encourage young people between the ages of 11-19 into computing. My role was to create and deliver inspiring computing workshops for 11-19 year olds.
2010 – 2011: Research Fellow. Audience Segmentation Analysis: Continuation of PhD project. Expanding project to look at all STEM subjects and how they compare to computing. Looking at how to market different sciences to different audiences.
2010 – 2011: Theano Co-ordinator. Supporting women in science, technology and engineering in the faculty. Sat at board level on committees for diversity to influence university policy.
2008 – 2011: Murder mystery initiative funding.
2008: Carrying out interviews for the Computer Clubs for Girls evaluation project.
June 2003 – October 2003: Technical support at Southampton General Hospital. Helping with migration of servers in the School of Medicine’s IT department.
Teaching and Lecturing Experience
Present: Instructing PGCE ICT Teachers about how to motivate and inspire secondary school students in ICT. Emphasis on Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and Alice.
2008 – 2010: Training postgraduate students in outreach. Preparing them for science week.
2005 – Present: Lecturing ICT PGCE students on the importance of gender and ICT. 2005 – 2007: Supervision of undergraduate group projects. This involved marking assignments, setting deadlines and supporting project students in group work.
Research Experience (in addition to PhD)
2008: Conducted interviews for a longitudinal research project, evaluating the effectiveness of the ‘computer clubs for girls’ initiatives. I was asked to be part of the project in its final year and interviewed secondary school and sixth form students. The findings formed part of a report to SEEDA.
2010 – 2011: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics, Murder Mystery Project, EPSRC Impact Funding: £12,000 (Reena Pau and Steve Dorney): This event took place on March 12th 2011 and continued the work from the previous year (see below):
2009 – 2010: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics, Murder Mystery Project, Roberts Fund – £15,000 (Reena Pau and Steve Dorney): This event took place on March 13th 2010 and continued the work from the previous year (see below):
2008 – 2009: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics, Murder Mystery Project, Roberts Fund – £75,000 (Reena Pau, Tony Curran and Steve Dorney): This event took place on March 7th 2009 as part of National Science Week. The aim event was to train postgraduates and postdoctoral students in outreach. Groups of postgraduates were given grants to develop puzzles and clues using technology that best represented their research area. The inspiration behind this event was through my work with schools. Co-ordinating this event helped build my skills in organisation, as I had to book rooms for meetings; communication, because I had to make sure that people knew what they were doing; patience, since I had to understand different types of technology; marketing, as people needed to find out about the event, and finally creating courses, as I had to develop training courses for postgraduates. The beauty of this project was being able to combine the use of technology with creative thinking and understand the synergy between the two. This activity was influential in the university winning an award for the best science week engineering initiative.
2008: Accenture funding for ECSWomen group – £800: This helped fund events for ECSWomen, with speakers from industry, providing food and drink for guests, travel costs and t-shirts. I learned to work to a budget and plan ahead to make the most of what we had.
2006: Google Sponsorship for BCSWomen workshop at WWW6 Conference – £3000: Google funded a workshop for women in computing at the web conference in 2006 which I helped to kickstart.
2006: UKRC Conference Travel Scholarship – £450: This scholarship gave me the opportunity to go to America for a conference. I appreciated the ability to network and meet other researchers in my field.
Service/Outreach within the university
The following events held have arisen as a result of research:
I founded ‘ECSWomen’ (Electronics and Computer Science Women’s group) and was chair 2007-2008. I led a committee of 7 people and organised events aimed at females in the department. We now have a committee of 10, and I now have the role of mentor to the group. ECSWomen is recognised by the school, which uses our committee members in their diversity board and uses us a point of reference. Monthly events are organised.
2010: WTech Wales: Title of talk: ‘The shocking confessions of a PhD student.’
2010: Women in computing conference, University of Bedfordshire, Title of talk: ‘What is cool about IT?’.
2009: I received the BCS Young persons group of the year award and was an invited speaker at BCS Members congress at the Royal Society. Title of talk: ‘How BCSHampshire does outreach.’
2009: Seminars for the School of Education (Southampton) and for the Student IEEE group. Title of talk: ‘How do we get more girls into computing careers.’
2007: Womenintechnology.co.uk, Mentoring for Success, Panellist
2007: British Computer Society, Women in Computing, North London Branch, Panellist
2006: British Computer Society, Increasing supply of IT and Computing Students. Title of talk: ‘Gender and Ethnicity in IT and Computing.’
2006: Higher Education Academy –Information Computer Sciences, Title of talk: ‘Advantages of outreach in schools.’
2010: Head of School Prize: Outstanding outreach contribution to the community, school, university and nationally.
2009: BCS YPG Rep of the year
2009: Prize awarded for murder mystery activity for Science Week
2007: ITiCSE Poster Presentation prize
2006: Blackberry women in technology awards, under 25 finalist. Awarded for outreach work and going into schools to talk about computing careers.
2005: Dissertation Prize
Voluntary activities outside university
- BCSWomen Girls in IT initiative representative (2011 – current)
- Young Professionals Representative for Hampshire (2005-current)
- BCSWomen sponsorship Committee (2005-2008)
- Committee for Lovelace Conference (2007-2008)
- SIGCSE Conference Volunteer (2006)
Skills and Knowledge
- SPSS Statistics Package
- NVIVO Qualitative Data analysis package
- Java and Visual Basic
- Windows Media Editor and Photoshop
- Microsoft Office
Pau, R, Grace, M and Hall, W (2011) IT’S BORING: A comparison of male and female students’ experiences of ICT GCSE/ A-level and Computing A-level lessons and their impact on student motivation. School Science Review
Pau, R, Grace, M, Hall, W and Woollard, J (2011) Female students’ experiences of programming: It’s not all bad! In, ITiCSE 2011, Darmstadt, DE 27 – 29 Jun 2011.
Dee, Hannah M., Petrie, Karen E., Boyle, Roger D. and Pau, Reena (2009) Why are we still here?: experiences of successful women in computing. Paris, FR 06 – 09 Jul 2009. New York City, US, Association for Computing Machinery, 233-237.
Pau, R., Hall, W., and White, S. 2007. Women in computing: how does experience influence self-perception of computing careers? In Proceedings of the 12th Annual SIGCSE Conference on innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (Dundee, Scotland, June 25 – 27, 2007). (Poster) Poster prize awarded.
Liccardi, I., Ounnas, A., Pau, R., Massey, E., Kinnumen, P., Lewthwaite, S., Midy, M. A. and Sakar, C. (2007), The role of social networks in students’ learning experiences. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin (December Issue). pp. 224-237.
Pau, R (2007), Commentary: Gender and ICT by Woollard, J, . Learning and teaching using ICT in secondary schools. Commentary. Learning Matters. Pp 70.
Fullick, P; Boyle, R D; Clark, M A C; Pau, R. Young people’s perceptions of CS as a university course in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Informatics in Secondary Schools, ISSEP 2006, pp. 701. 2006.
Pau, R., Argles, D., White, S. and Lovegrove, G. (2005) Computer Geek versus Computer Chic: IT Career and IT Education. In: 6th International Women into Computing Conference, 14th-16th July 2005, Greenwich, UK.
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