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Aberystwyth lecturer in Top 10 women in IT

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A ​COMPUTER ​science lecturer at Aberystwyth University has been named by Computer Weekly as the ninth most influential woman in UK computing for the second year running.

It’s the fourth year that Dr Hannah Dee has appeared in ​​

Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT, and this year for the first time she was the only academic in the top 50.

Topping this year’s list is one of the UK’s most successful angel investors and founder and executive chair of Founders4Schools, Sherry Coutu.

Also featured are Sarah Wilkinson, CEO, NHS Digital, and ex-chief digital, data and technology officer at Home Office, and Carrie Anne Philbin, Director of Education at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Dr Dee was nominated for her work as an activist promoting women in STEM, particularly establishing the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

The colloquium, the UK’s main conference for female undergraduates, celebrated its 10th anniversary at Aberystwyth University in April 2017.

She is on the committee of BCSWomen, the Chartered Institute for IT’s group for women. Locally, she is one of the organisers of the popular after-school Aberystwyth Robotics Club and helps run Aberystwyth Science Café.

“I’m very pleased to find that I’ve placed in the Computer Weekly top 50 women in IT list for the fourth year running. I am even more pleased (and surprised) to find that I’ve held my position at number nine,” said Dr Dee.

“It’s a real privilege to be in such amazing and inspiring company – there’s a real depth of talent in the women in tech scene and Computer Weekly have done a great job of building, promoting and exposing this talent through their annual event.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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