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    I’m a girl, and I’m applying for Computer Science at Surrey, Southampton, Southampton Solent and Bath. I’m undecided as to which I want to go to, but I only have offers from two.

    My Mum is convinced that I’m going to be MISERABLE studying this subject, all because it’ll be filled with men. Obviously, this isn’t going to stop me, and I really don’t have a problem with guys being in my class.

    For curiosity’s sake, though, I was wondering if there were any other girls out there (cis or trans of course!) who were intending to study Computer Science at these universities! So if you’re a girl feel free to reply If only to shut up my annoyingly overprotective mother hahaha
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    It's about 10 guys to 1 girl but that's pretty standard in a lot of Maths/Comp Sci/Engineering type degrees.

    You can always meet people outside of your course too through societies.
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    If you are genuinely interested in the subject then don't do let something like the percentage of male/females that usually make up it's students put you off good luck on your course if you chose to do it!
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    I'm not doing computer science, but as a fellow woman I would 100% encourage you to do what you love even if that means being the only female in a room filled with men... I have this issue in my physics classes but there's something satisfying about defying traditional stereotypes of women in STEM!!
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    a friend of mine told me this nifty little mnemonic for girls going into computer science looking for guys

    "the odds are good but the goods are odd"
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    What's your mother really worried about? That one day you'll turn up back home to introduce her to your new uber-nerdy boyfriend with ghostly pale skin, chronic acne, inch-thick bottle glasses, and that she's going to have a load of nerdy grandchildren running around whose first words are "Call of Duty"? Does she think that you won't be able to make friends with guys? or is she worried that they'll all be the same as the types of guys who you regularly find drunk in the town centre every friday night?

    I don't remember any of the girls on my course really having much of a problem being in a minority - there were a few tomboys who naturally preferred to socialise with guys anyway, and the rest seemed to enjoy having extra male attention. Just in general, the kinds of people (male and female) you meet at uni tend to be a bit more respectful and thoughtful than the types of people you'll meet on a random night out in town.

    Besides, there will be other girls in your lectures and lessons who are in exactly the same situation as you - I imagine you'll find it fairly easy to make friends with them, and while the course itself might have a gender imbalance, that won't be mirrored across the rest of the university, so you'll meet plenty of other girls who are on a different degree to you - whether that's in halls, or at the Student Union bar, etc.

    And lastly, exactly what everyone else said above - study the thing you enjoy - the social side is important, but nowhere near as important as being on the course which you actually want to study. Tech definitely needs more women involved - there's no particular reason for the lack of women in tech, aside from the fact that culture and stereotypes seem to dictate that it's "not for girls", and I guess a lot of women seem to be put off by that. The fact you're not phased by this is a really good thing, and probably means you're more likely to work hard and succeed
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    In my computer science course there is only 1 girl.
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    Hi I am a girl studying Computer Science at Bath Uni. I would say that the nepumbers are pretty low across the board in females but there has been a serious increase. Im now in my second year my year only has 7 girls in 120 but the year below has 20 girls in roughly the same number which is a huge improvemnt (though way off what it should be). Maths tends to be 50:50 and many unis will allow maths students to take some comp sci units so that does mean there can be a couple more girls in your lec.
    The others are right you can make loads of friends outside your subject and so will have plenty of female friends.

    Personally I have found being one of the only girls is an advantage. Companies tend to have a lot of positive discrimination towards scholarships and internships etc for women! I myself get a women in technology (not only open for women men have got the scholarship too) for a large investment bank which helps me support my studying. I would recommend looking up the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquim as a show of the kind of opportunities for women in computer science. Its a poster competion/confrence for women studing comp sci.

    I would also say to your mum for example and yourself that in terms of marks in my uni for example that the women get on avergae higher marks than the guys! We also are definelty super close due to the fact that there are so few of us and we have a Women in Tech society (there is also women in science society). Many unis I would think would have this and for example the uni has a specific womens mailing list for comp sci!

    I think the main point is that companies are desperate for comp sci students (hence it is one of the higest degrees in terms of emplyment or further education directly after uni) and that is reflected in the pay. Its also important to note that they are trying to diversify their workplaces and so being a minority in that case works to your advantage .

    Please ask any questions you have! I am a open day ambassador for the uni so know a lot about comp sci and the uni! Im also chair of the Comp Sci society at Bath so happy to help.
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    (Original post by Anoodle)
    Hi I am a girl studying Computer Science at Bath Uni. I would say that the nepumbers are pretty low across the board in females but there has been a serious increase. Im now in my second year my year only has 7 girls in 120 but the year below has 20 girls in roughly the same number which is a huge improvemnt (though way off what it should be). Maths tends to be 50:50 and many unis will allow maths students to take some comp sci units so that does mean there can be a couple more girls in your lec.
    The others are right you can make loads of friends outside your subject and so will have plenty of female friends.

    Personally I have found being one of the only girls is an advantage. Companies tend to have a lot of positive discrimination towards scholarships and internships etc for women! I myself get a women in technology (not only open for women men have got the scholarship too) for a large investment bank which helps me support my studying. I would recommend looking up the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquim as a show of the kind of opportunities for women in computer science. Its a poster competion/confrence for women studing comp sci.

    I would also say to your mum for example and yourself that in terms of marks in my uni for example that the women get on avergae higher marks than the guys! We also are definelty super close due to the fact that there are so few of us and we have a Women in Tech society (there is also women in science society). Many unis I would think would have this and for example the uni has a specific womens mailing list for comp sci!

    I think the main point is that companies are desperate for comp sci students (hence it is one of the higest degrees in terms of emplyment or further education directly after uni) and that is reflected in the pay. Its also important to note that they are trying to diversify their workplaces and so being a minority in that case works to your advantage .

    Please ask any questions you have! I am a open day ambassador for the uni so know a lot about comp sci and the uni! Im also chair of the Comp Sci society at Bath so happy to help.
    Oh my goodness this has been the most useful reply on this thread!!! Thank you so much!!! You are a star! The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquim looks fascinating, would it be okay for me to go even though I'm not taking Computer Science at college? (I would still be doing my A-Levels for the next conference ahh!) And would you say the Computer Science course at Bath is accommodating for people who are new to the subject? Thanks again for replying!! I'm happy to hear there's a women's society at Bath too (and not just Southampton haha). Also - kind of off topic - but do you know if student finance is able to comfortably cover accommodation/food over there?
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    happy to help! I would take a look at the faq section http://bcswomenlovelace.bcs.org/?page_id=99 and maybe send them an email as Im not sure. Deof i had never coded before uni they bring you up to speed really quickly. I mean I am now getting at minimum 2:1 on all my coding courseworks after having never done programming before uni and getting a 45% in my first coursework. They put on loads of extra labs and tutorials. At one point i was going to 12 hours of labs a week (by choice) the labs have current postgraduate students who are super helpful at teaching and helping you out if your code breaks or you didnt undertsand the lecture. The lecturers are also amazing.

    I was going to study math before uni hence the lack of comp sci.
    Yeah we get together eat cake and stuff. Last year we had i think 30 people go to the lovelace colloquim. Our Women in Tech society ran a session on preparing an abstract and we had 5 winners or prizes!

    It depends on how much you get. Bath is expensive not quite london but expenive. Food is also a little more expensive but then im from a cheap area. Rent in first year (in halls) is around £122 a week which becuase the lease is not full length is around £5500 but dont quote me as it moves. Rent when you move out it around £400 a month but owuld probably be a 12 month contract, maybe withhalf rent in the summer.

    It really depends on how much student finance you get and also the uni has lots of means tested scholarships for people who require extra help. There is also the JPMorgan Winning Women in Tech scholarship which is currently run though only Bath which gives you £3000 a year + a placement. I think they will still be running that.

    any more questions about bath or anything please ask!
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    Hi! I’m a girl studying computer science at A level currently! I’m the only girl in a class of 10 boys, that seems to be the same ratio along all courses, happened with my GCSE class too. I’d love to go into a career in Computing I’m just unsure if I wish to study at a university yet with fees and I’m not very good at working in an environment like that. You’ll have to let me know how it goes. Hope everything goes well! Xx
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    I am currently studying computer science in secondary school in Slovenia and I'm the only girl in class with 29 guys and it's the best + you can show people, that think CS is only for guys, that girls can be good, or even better, at CS, too. I am looking forward to studying CS at KCL/UCL from 2019 on
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    Just a warning that I've heard bad things about Southampton Solent. It's not the best of universities at all
    Southampton university is great, my brother went there and he said from his own experience people who went to Solent were jealous of those at Southampton for virtually everything. aha

    So I hope you are able to find the right course and uni for you
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    I'm about to embark onto a CS degree at Hull uni after transferring degrees from a traditionally female dominated subject.

    Dont let gender numbers put you off what you want to study! Get involved with societies outside your degree and make the most of your time at uni
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    I'm a girl who's just finished my first year of CS and my cohort is about 12% female
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    Edinburgh Uni has a Women in Informatics playlist on You Tube featuring some cool women who study Comp Sci at undergrad and post grad level, discussing their projects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FB6...nf5lK1Mpy7yswZ
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    (Original post by yowzas)
    I’m a girl, and I’m applying for Computer Science at Surrey, Southampton, Southampton Solent and Bath. I’m undecided as to which I want to go to, but I only have offers from two.

    My Mum is convinced that I’m going to be MISERABLE studying this subject, all because it’ll be filled with men. Obviously, this isn’t going to stop me, and I really don’t have a problem with guys being in my class.

    For curiosity’s sake, though, I was wondering if there were any other girls out there (cis or trans of course!) who were intending to study Computer Science at these universities! So if you’re a girl feel free to reply If only to shut up my annoyingly overprotective mother hahaha
    Your mum convincing you that you'll be miserable doesn't sound particularly helpful, especially as by dissuading people from going into a discipline because there aren't many of their gender in that discipline seems to me to be sort of forcing a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's really ironic. If everyone woman were to say 'I'm not going into IT, because there's too many men', then there'll never be any women, and it's just a spiral that will never be reversed. Your mum should be encouraging you.

    I've studied Computing to postgraduate level, and do a lot of work with lab demonstration for the younger years. In the last five years, I've noticed a massive influx of females on the courses. This is great, and it seems to be continuing. Be part of that tide-shift. It's an interesting field, and your gender is ultimately an irrelevance. If you like it, I would be actively encouraging you to go for it.

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    "Miserable"?

    Firstly, your mother is being extremely discouraging.

    Secondly, be sure not to get put off by comments like this - study what you want, the gender ratio of your subject shouldn't matter at all.
 
 
 
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