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James Huntley 21 Sep 2021 10:36 am
WitSOC are not an affiliated club, therefore they are not eligible.
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):Women in Technology Society
Entry completed by:Yiyang Yu
Club Role:Secretary
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Academic Programme 2021
Name of event or initiative:WiTSoc COSC131 Pizza Tutorials
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

UC's College of Engineering has been tracking student academic progress and has identified a strong need for extra academic support in COSC131 (a new course). WiTSoc took the initiative to run python tutorials for first-year engineering students and pizza to reward their hard work at the night's end.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The event provided more resources and tutoring opportunities for first-year engineering students (all genders welcomed) studying COSC131 as it's a newly introduced course compulsory for all engineering students. This was important to ensure all students have a basic understanding of coding necessary to be ahead in the current industry. Tutors guided the students to gain more confidence in their upcoming assignment and exam - which we had thoughtfully planned 3 sessions around this.

These study sessions were also an opportunity for first-year engineers to meet others with similar interests, feel connected to UC and COE, and not feel isolated.

How did you make it happen?

After the College of Engineering (CoE) has contacted the Women in Technology Society (WiTSoc), a meeting was arranged with CoE, WiTSoc, and the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department (CSSE).

The tutorial's logistics were organized and then ran by WiTSoc (as this makes events more approachable by first-year students and likely attendance) but financially supported by CoE for dominos pizza and tutor pay.

We ran sessions every Tuesday up to their exams, which are the 3 sessions:
- 1st June (turnout of 28 people),
- 8th June (turnout of 28 people),
- 15th June (turnout of 24)

How did you make it better?

Last year WiTSoc ran weekly python tutorials for women in tech to be supported in their studies.

WiTSoc's first-year representatives provided insights on their peer's course workload and timetabling for us to choose the best day and time for our targeted students to attend.

This year's python tutorials was improved by providing pizza at the end of the night. This helped attracted student's to study with us and provided a rewarding treat at the end of the night for their hard work.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

Sustainability wasn't needed as it was just reusing Lab Computer Rooms, which WiTSoc booked.

We encouraged people to wash their hands before and after in the bathroom very close by and clean up their rubbish. Pizza boxes were recycled.

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