BCS Women's Forum wins acclaim for work

19 September 2006

The BCS Women's Forum has won the accolade of Network Professional of the Year in the Communications in Business Awards 2006.

The judges selected the Forum for the prize in recognition of its excellent work. 

With women currently representing less than 20 per cent of the IT workforce, the BCS Women's Forum, which is a source of information and advice for women within the sector, aims to help increase the number and therefore proportion of women working in technology roles. 

Through its work with employers and connections with other organisations involved with women in IT, the Forum aims to promote and celebrate the contribution of women to IT. A further aspect of the Forum's work is to develop products and services to help women in IT manage a career break and retrain/reskill as well as  promoting part-time, flexible work arrangements across the IT sector. 

Wendy Hall Wendy Hall, BCS Women's Forum chair, who received the award said: 'We're absolutely thrilled to have been honoured in these awards.  We've only been working as a Forum since early 2006 and although we’ve achieved a huge amount already, there’s still so much more for us to do in ensuring that more women recognise IT as a career option and employers recognise the benefits that women bring to the workplace.'

One of the latest projects with which the Forum is involved is the Athena Survey of Science Engineering and Technology, which is gathering information about the career experiences, perceptions and ambitions of all career scientists, whether in industry, within research, education, the NHS and other public sector employment.

BCS would like to encourage all IT professionals, men and women, to take part.

The Communications in Business Awards recognise the business-enabling projects of technical professionals in a wide range of businesses and public sector organisations.

The Awards are judged by a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable journalists, end users, academics, analysts and key industry figures and no suppliers are allowed on the judging panel.

Richard Thurston, editor of Communications News and chairman of the judging panel for the Awards said, 'The judges were impressed at the extremely positive and ambitious start which the Forum has made this year, and we have received a lot of encouraging feedback on its activities. Accordingly the judges are delighted to be able to recognise their work with a Communications in Business Award.'

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