"If I can do it, so can you."

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Dr Sue Black OBE worked her way from single mum on benefits to award-winning computer scientist and says if she can do it, anyone can.

Talking to a packed hall for Ada Lovelace Day@Nationwide, Supporting Women in Technology, Sue told how a maths evening class while she had three children under five, led on to a Maths degree and then to a PhD in Computer Science.

“You just have to turn up, and keep turning up,” is her common-sense advice to succeeding.

Sue has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more support and recognition for women in computing. In 2008, she took up the baton to save Bletchley Park, home to Alan Turing’s computer in WWII, in part because she wanted the role of the 8,000 women codebreakers who worked there to be remembered.

A recent survey* commissioned by Nationwide Building Society to coincide with Ada Lovelace day, highlighted the importance of female role models like Sue in encouraging more women into the tech sector.

Rachel Robinson, who heads up a large tech team at Nationwide, told the 120 delegates:
“The technology industry has become much more creative, flexible and adaptable in recent years, which I very much value. Our research shows that women are enjoying the creative elements of technology as factors like concept and design become important in the creation of innovative solutions. Gone are the days of pure number-crunching.”

Find out more about getting into Tech at Nationwide-jobs.co.uk/technology

*Research conducted online by Censuswide amongst 1,000 UK workers in the technology industry between 21 September and 1 October 2018