Blog

Research Blog: Computing Belonging for Girls in STEM

Dear SPARK Readers, Happy Women’s History Month! Okay, let’s do a little exercise. Close your eyes and picture a “computer scientist.” Who is it that you picture? If the very first image that comes to mind is of, well, a man, alone in an office surrounded by computer bits, you wouldn’t be alone. Research shows…

Read more >>

What comes with the wave

A guest poem and video by Hollie Cooper Perhaps I’m not like you at all. Yes, most definitely not like you. Definitely afraid of you. I’m not here for beauty. Nor for rules. Just to be. Not to get caught in a tiresome wind. Not to dance like a kite but to fly away. The…

Read more >>

Ode to the teenage diary

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I feel as though when I say that I keep a diary, people look at me differently. There’s something judgemental in their response. That’s something that I’m used to, because I was a teenage girl for a pretty long time, and I’m a massive One Direction fan – most people tend to…

Read more >>

The Diplomatic Disaster of Trump’s Relations with China

By Amy Callaghan The relationship between the US and China is one of the most significant relationships of the 21st century. China’s role as an international power and its place as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council means that it is a vital and powerful ally to the US internationally. US concerns…

Read more >>

Content Notes 101

By Yas Necati Whilst reading through our site or others, you might have come across some posts that are marked at the beginning with something called a content note. In case you’re wondering what that is and why we use it, here’s a quick guide. What is a content note? A content note is usually…

Read more >>

Abbatoir Floor

A poem by Kaylen Forsyth Content note: Violent and sexist language, gender based violence and harassment my name changes from BABY to HONEY, NEARLY DRUNK ENOUGH, DARLING to BITCH. i always thought i’d love the first boy to talk in poetry, but i craved metaphors of moonlight, not war-talk and violence: BANG, SCREW, NAIL, DESTROY.…

Read more >>

One week after the Women’s March – what now?

It’s been 1 week since the Women’s March where millions of people stood against Trump, and perhaps more importantly stood in solidarity with each other against what Trump stands for. One week on, we reflect on some of our experiences of the march, and some of our hopes for the future… Awakening to the news that…

Read more >>

Let’s keep standing with Standing Rock

By Stephanie Wang Undoubtedly, a Trump presidency threatens the legacy of President Obama by reverting the policy moves he’s made the past eight years. His decision to build the Dakota Access Pipeline is devastating, and as an environmentalist and an activist, I cannot reconcile the idea of building the pipeline when it will only set forth…

Read more >>

Contact Us!