Tigerspike recognised the achievements of top performing female students at the University of Westminster graduation ceremony, held at Royal Festival Hall, London on 9 July 2019.

Known as the Tigerspike Award, a fund of £5,000 was shared amongst 9 female students graduating with first class honours in computer science and software engineering degrees.

By partnering with the university, the company established its support of female students as a way of encouraging gender diversity in the technology industry, and to inspire more to join and consider a career with Tigerspike.

Josh Haagsma, General Manager for Europe, who attended the ceremony, said:

“Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) professions have quite a lot of work to do when it comes to closing the gender pay gap.  We established the Tigerspike Award at the university to encourage the best and brightest female software engineering students to complete their studies and increase the candidate pool for the benefit of the industry”.

Tigerspike also provides mentors to the University of Westminster’s mentoring scheme, and earlier in the year, they hosted the first mentor-to-mentor networking event which was attended by the university’s vice chancellor and president.

Josh commented:

"I was so delighted to attend the University of Westminster graduation ceremony and see the Tigerspike Award presented for the first time. It was a chance to recognise some incredible achievements. I'm extremely proud that Tigerspike was able to play our part in encouraging future innovators and promoting diversity - sincere congratulations to the recipients of the award and we look forward to doing it all again (and more) next year!".

Jordan Scammell, Development Team Manager at the University of Westminster, said:

“This recognition from a forward-thinking technology company like Tigerspike really will help our Software Engineering and Computer Science female graduates to stand out in a competitive and often male-dominated sector.”

Words: Aline Van Koninckxloo, Talent and HR Manager, APAC, Tigerspike Sydney