Four University of Wolverhampton students have been awarded grants to help them develop university-level research projects in computing and IT-related subjects.
The grants have been awarded by OpenBright which was set up in 2020, offering small grants aimed at students studying for degrees or postgraduate qualifications in software engineering, creative/social technologies, robotics or related areas to address the gender gap in computing and IT-related education/careers for women living in the UK.
Uzma Hussain, studying for a Master’s degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, has been awarded £2,040 for her research project: Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Student Performance Based on Lifestyle Factors.
Ariwan Rasool, studying for a PhD in Computer Science, was awarded £1,900 for her research project: A trustworthy and lightweight maching learning approach for mitigating malicious activities in sustainable IoT communications.
Oluwatimilehin Olabamiyo, studying for a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, was awarded £1,827 for her research project: Reducing Mental Health Inequalities among the BAME residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Communities.
Stella Soneye, studying for a Master’s degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, was awarded £1,383 for her research project: Exploring public attitudes about government pay rise offer to the National Health Service workers in the UK: A sentiment analysis of Tweets.
"Stella, an international student from Nigeria, said: “This grant will enable me to support the UK government in designing a machine learning model that determines public opinions about pay rise offers to NHS workers. Beyond this, as a student from a public health discipline with intermediate IT skills, my data analysis skills will be enhanced to lead data science projects.”
Oluwatimilehin said: “The OpenBright grant gave me the opportunity to attend the national BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium at Sheffield where I met with other women in tech from various universities across the country and was able to present the first stage of my project on investigating how to reduce Inequalities among the Global Majority community which is also important to both the NHS and the government.”
Elizabeth Molyneux, a Trustee at OpenBright, said: “In the short term, we want our funding to support women to explore new ideas and innovative research. Longer term, we hope this support will have an impact on gender imbalance in computing careers, inspiring more women IT leaders of the future.”