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TechUPWomen 2019/20


TechUPWomen 2019/20

TUW is a multi award winning, trailblazing programme developed closely with industry, which takes women from underserved groups and retrains them into tech careers

To date, the impact of the TechUPWomen 2019/20 programme has been substantial, with over graduates finding new roles or promotions within a wide range of industries. These include manufacturing (Jaguar Land Rover and MSP), software (Double Eleven Ltd), education (JISC and Code Nation), service (HR in One) and the public sector (Newcastle City Council, HMRC, the Civil Service and Durham Constabulary). Furthermore, graduates have also recently taken up board trustee positions (Being Woman) and moved into further education in tech subjects.

An example of local impact is Fareeha Usman, one of our first graduates who also runs Being Woman a charitable organisation in Northumberland. Fareeha has used her new tech skills to continue to develop the work of Being Woman, including passing on her learning in the form of digital skills courses for local woman. Fareeha has also teamed up with her mentor, Marianne Whitfield of MSP, to collaborate on new community projects in Northumberland. Fareeha and Marianne were interviewed by the NE Times on their wonderful new collaboration. Most recently Fareeha has been awarded a Rising Star award in the Charity and Not for Profit category by WeAreTheCity and recently spoke on a panel about diversifying the workforce at the Dynamo20 conference on 2th June 2020.

Another example is Benedicta Banga, who launched her App, Blaqbase, while she was taking part in the TechUPWomen programme and has since developed and updated it using her new skills, most recently adding in-app purchasing functionality. Benedicta was recently interviewed by Sky News on her App and Black Pound Day.

The TechUPWomen programme and staff have also been recognised through award wins and nominations.

TechUPWomen 2019/20 in numbers

Of the 100 all-female participants of the programme:

  • 54%
    were from ethnic minorities
  • 46%
    with declared disabilities
  • 21%
    identified as LGBTQ+
  • 40%
    with caring responsibilities

Within the tracking period of the programme:

  • 64%
    participants completed the course
  • 50%
    had a new job or promotion

Watch & Listen


TUW2019 playlist

TechUPWomen 2019/20 participants created a brilliant Spotify playlist, full of uplifting tracks to enjoy whenever you need a bit of motivation and empowerment on your own journey into tech

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Durham University

TechUPWomen welcome event

Edge Hill University

The second TechUPWomen residential

University of York

The third TechUPWomen residential

University of Nottingham

TechUPWomen celebration event

How Far We’ve Come!

Watch a mini-documentary tracing the exhilarating journeys of TechUPWomen 2019/20 participants