Women Do Cyber - scholarship applications now open

Accelerating access for women into digital and cyber careers: Short course scholarships available now with GCU and Cisco.

Post by Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy


“Our Strategy A changing nation: how Scotland will thrive in a digital world makes it clear that we’ll only achieve our digital ambitions in Scotland with a more skilled and a more diverse workforce. That means more women at every level in the industry, thriving in digital, data and technology careers – and that starts with women choosing digital at school, further and higher education, and in apprenticeships. The Women Do Cyber programme is a great addition to our training offer in Scotland, fully supported by the industry and accredited, so students can be confident about the quality of training on offer. I send my very best wishes to everyone enrolling and for success in their future careers.”

Lesley Fraser, Director General Corporate, Scottish Government


Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) are excited to announce that our successful “Women Do Cyber” programme will run for a second year starting 8 May 2023.

This ground-breaking programme delivered in partnership with Cisco and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is fully funded with full industry recognised Cisco accreditations.

Female students will be mentored by Cisco industry professionals and supported by SWiT to inject depth of knowledge in a practical sense, increase confidence in participants learning and connect them with women working in cyber as well as employers.

This female designed cyber training programme delivered by GCU, using the intuitive Cisco Networking Academy online platform, is accessible and self-paced.

SWiT are aware of the barriers to entry that women face when undertaking study programmes and have designed ‘Women do Cyber’ to increase the much needed diversity in this area as noted in the Skillsoft 2021 Women in Tech Report.

Accessibility to enrol in this programme comes from the ability for females to work in their current day jobs whilst studying, generating support from employers and the support to obtain access to technical equipment. Mentoring and support will be provided to help students through the modules and successfully achieve those accreditations.

Having a blend of learning to allow students to tap into virtual teaching classrooms from anywhere, combined with recorded lessons and access to teaching support, really makes this course easier to commit to and an enjoyable learning experience, thus limiting the usual pressures of full-time study.

SWiT are dedicated to supporting female talent and this is a real opportunity to bridge that known gender gap and reskill fantastic women across Scotland!

The programme starts on the 8 May 2022 and the fully-funded offer is open to 40 women.  With a duration of approx. 7 months, the programme will finish mid-December 2023.

Please support the ‘Women do Cyber’ programme by promoting this in your organisation and amongst your networks today – further details of the modules, learning journey and application form can be found here:


Should you like to further discuss this programme please reach out to me at ketty@scotwomenintech.com or contact Ronnie.Beattie@gcu.ac.uk.


The recipe to successfully achieve this qualification is here – you have a critical role to play to support diversity in tech in Scotland!

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