ABC Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarship – ACT Winner Announced

Deputy GM Technology, Margaret Cassidy, together with Manager Technology Client Support ACT, Patrick Sproule, presented an ABC Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarship to Australian National University (ANU) student, Elizabeth Cowling.

Upon presentation of this year’s ACT Scholarship at the ABC’s Northbourne facility recently, Ms Cassidy congratulated Elizabeth and reinforced the ABC’s commitment to reducing the gender imbalance in technical roles at the ABC. “The Women in Broadcast Technology (WiBT) scholarships highlight the ABC’s long-standing commitment to increasing the participation, development and retention rates of women in technical roles within the media industry,” she said.

ACT Manager of Technology Client Support, Patrick Sproule, also acknowledged that traditionally, the technical support of broadcast systems and equipment has been a male dominated occupation, and praised the scholarship’s long-standing history in helping to reduce this gender gap.

“The ABC Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarships highlight broadcasting as an area of prospective employment for female engineering and technology students. It provides the opportunity for women to gain a broad range of technical knowledge and experience in the media industry while working in a high-end facility such as the ABC in Canberra”, Mr Sproule said.

Currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communications, Honours), at ANU, Elizabeth’s degree has helped foster her passion for technology and her determination to learn new things. “To me, technology presents boundless opportunities and growth, and I can’t wait to be a creator, not just a user, of future technology,” she said.

Before commencing her Engineering degree, Elizabeth worked as a Graphic Designer for more than four years at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. While a student at ANU, Elizabeth was the Director of Brand Management for ANU Fifty50, which is a student led organisation that promotes gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math’s (STEM), within the university.

The WiBT Scholarships are bestowed annually by ABC Technology to women who are undertaking a technology related discipline at a TAFE institution or similar, and have demonstrated an interest in exploring a career in broadcasting. The successful applicants are awarded $1,000 and four weeks of paid employment which provides work experience in Technology areas of the ABC.



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