Now Recruiting For Study – Women and IT

I am so happy to be writing this post. SO HAPPY. This morning I picked up my signed off ethics forms, and that means I can start recruiting for my focus group studies on women in IT. Are you excited? I am!

As some (?) of you will already know, I am a PhD researcher in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. My research is focused around the areas of gender, sexism and humour in the workplace. Statistics suggest that women are still vastly underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As such, I am researching the experiences of women who:

a) Are working towards a career in IT
b) Are currently working in IT
c) Have left a career in IT (at any time)

I am interested in speaking to women over the age of 18 to take part in my research. I am interested in talking to you if you either:

a) currently work in IT , or
b) have chosen to leave a career in IT (at any time)

The study involves small focus group discussions (six participants in each group) around working in IT, and some discussion of the results of my first study on humour and Internet memes. The focus groups will take place at Leeds Beckett University during normal office hours (between 9am and 5pm), and should take around an hour of your time.

Edit: It’s worth noting I can be flexible on times and locations for the focus group sessions. If you have a small group of interested people (say, six colleagues or friends) I am happy to travel most places to conduct a session with you. Don’t let Leeds put you off – drop me an e-mail and we can chat about working something out! 

For more information or to volunteer please contact

This research has received ethical approval from the Leeds Beckett University ethics committee. The study has been approved using the Leeds Beckett University ethics processes.

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Please share this post and flyer widely with anyone you think may be interested! Thanks!


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