Working to advocate for more female role models in the technology industries and cutting-edge research in immersive technology has earned a senior scholar from the University of Montfort Leicester (DMU) a nomination for best award.
Dr. Jones, who is vice dean of DMU’s Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Media (CEM), has been nominated for the 2021 Midlands Women in Tech Awards. Voting is now open and ends Aug. 20. .
She has been nominated in the category of Academic Awards, awarded to women in academia who have made a significant contribution to technology and whose work has had or has the potential to have a significant long-term impact.
“It’s an honor to be nominated,” Dr. Jones said. “Girls need to see how women succeed in the technology sectors and understand the opportunities that exist.
“Technology covers such a wide range of interests. We find that when there is a fusion of art and technology, there is not such a large gender division, but there is still a long way to go in some areas of computing. Girls as young as 12 or 13, when they choose their options, still don’t look at technologies and that’s a big problem.
“We know that the best collaborations come from the most diverse groups, so the more perspectives we can bring to industries, the better.”
Dr. Jones founded Women in VR to create a professional network to support women working in the virtual reality space. He has also advised the UK government on immersive technologies.
Prior to a career in academia, Dr. Jones was a journalist and worked for ITV as an award-winning news presenter, reporting for GMTV on Obama’s presidential campaign.
More than 150 women were nominated for the Midlands Women in Tech Awards in various categories, including best apprentice, rising star and best innovator.
The organizers of the awards say women continue to be “sadly under-represented” in the UK technology staff. Less than 20% of IT roles are held by women and 5% by women in leadership positions.
An awards spokesperson said: “These awards are important as they recognize the best performing women in the entire technology space and provide inspiration to younger women who want to build a career in our industry.
“The Women in Tech Excellence Awards are designed to help us move as an industry towards a solution, recognizing and promoting the many talented women and other success stories. There are places in computer science for women, and this industry can lead to rewarding and satisfying careers for everyone. “
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on 7 October.
Published on Monday, August 16, 2021