School of Engineering
Engineering alumnus interviewed
Tobi Asehinde from Nigeria, studied for a master’s (MEng) degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Portsmouth.
He graduated in 2012, and just two years later, he’s now the founder and Managing Director of Vibe Web Solutions, a web consultant for Lagos Eko Project and Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Nigeria-Britain Association.
On the British Council website, Tobi talks about studying in the UK, exploring the link between technology and business, and bringing those lessons back to build a successful career in Nigeria.
Advancing women’s careers in STEM
The University has been awarded an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The national awards encourage and celebrate good employment practices for women working in STEM in higher education and research. They are awarded by the Equality Challenge Unit.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “This is a significant achievement for the University which confirms our determination to identify and remove gender bias and ensure we have an inclusive culture that values all staff.
“I am personally looking forward to working within the Athena SWAN framework not only to satisfy our commitments related to our Bronze award, but also to build towards an institutional Silver award.”
The University joined the Athena SWAN charter in 2011 and made a commitment to the six charter principles, which included a pledge to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts in STEM areas, which is one of the key objectives of the action plan over the next three years.
Professor Janis Shute, Chair of the University’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, said: “I am extremely pleased that the University has achieved this recognition. Through the action plan, as well as individual departmental awards, the University aims to remain responsive to the challenges that face women in STEM and ensure that good practice in gender equality, which benefits both men and women, is shared across all areas.”