Date: Monday March 9, 2020 at 8:57am
Women in Technology organisation expands under Royal Signals
leadership. Ground-breaking tech group for service women continues to encourage
interaction and inspire others. Industry collaborations planned as part of
Royal Signals 100.
Three years ago, a small group of female Royal Signals soldiers and officers
created the Royals Signals Women in Technology (RSWIT), an organisation that
would encourage knowledge sharing, promote technical expertise and inspire
female colleagues to embrace their love of technology. Now, as the Corps
celebrates its 100th birthday and on International Women’s Day, this
ever-growing group want to share their experience and let girls and women know
that it’s cool to love engineering.
RSWIT committee member Maj Emma Thomas MBE became involved due to her
passion for technology and a desire to encourage people to fulfil their
potential in this field. Although focused on women, the RSWIT was intended to
address an imbalance, as STEM subjects may still be seen to be more
male-orientated. She wants everyone, whatever their gender, to understand the
technical opportunities available in the military and to work together to
encourage more people to get involved.
Speaking personally Maj Thomas said ‘RSWIT is important to me because our
people are important, and this initiative seeks to put our people front and
centre and help them to be the very best they can be.’
Now numbering over 70 people, the RSWIT plan have big plans for 2020,
including collaboration events with many civilian organisations and
defence-focused businesses. They will be encouraging technical curiosity by
running workshops and lectures from civilian experts, continuing to promote
professional development, and growing the thriving network of like minds across
the Royal Signals, both Regular and Reserve.
LCpl Hannah Anderson from 30 Signal Regiment believes strongly in RSWIT and
said: ‘I believe there is still a big disparity between men and women in
engineering, and this is something I want to help change. As an organisation we
want to learn from each other and journey together on improving our skills in
organisation, engineering and technology, learning primarily from civilian
organisations like Jaguar Landrover, looking at their women in engineering
scheme and seeing how we can do better.’
Watch this space for what our incredible women are getting up to in 2020.