Aston University staff reach finals of awards to celebrate women in tech
  • Midlands Women in Tech Awards spotlight pioneering women in the tech realm
  • Aston University staff and alumnae are among the finalists
  • Winners will be announced on 9 October. 

The finalists have been unveiled for the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2023.

The Awards are dedicated to applauding the accomplishments of women who are carving a path in the tech industry, aiming to challenge perceptions and spotlight the pioneering women shaping the tech realm. 

By doing so, they strive to encourage more women to enter the field and realise their potential in dynamic, innovative and fulfilling tech careers.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 9 October 2023 at the Birmingham Eastside Rooms, with Aston University as headline sponsors alongside Methods - An Alten Company. 

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, said:

“Aston University is a proud sponsor of the Midlands Women in Tech Awards, a sector where women are traditionally underrepresented. These awards go some way in addressing this inequality by raising awareness and acknowledging our wonderful women innovators in the tech sector.  

“I am also delighted to see that members of our own staff have been named as finalists - Professor Vladlena Benson and Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy from our Cybersecurity Innovation (CSI) Research Centre, as well as our Advanced Prototyping Facility team who join other alumnae and friends of Aston University on the shortlist.”

Co-founder of MojoStack Ltd and Aston University alumna Janani Prasad, who graduated with an MSc Entrepreneurship in 2022, said: 

“Being a finalist of the Midlands Women in Tech Awards is not just a personal honour but a testament to the collective efforts of women in the tech industry. Tech is a dynamic and innovative field, and I'm delighted to represent women who are breaking barriers and making meaningful contributions. 

“This recognition is a reminder that diversity is essential in driving innovation, and I am proud to be a part of a community that is breaking barriers and inspiring the next generation of women in tech.”

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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