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Beach Day & Summer Fun in Bournemouth!

It’s summertime at go_girl! To celebrate the holidays and make the most of the amazing sunshine, we spent a fantastic day away at the beach in Bournemouth today. The weather was perfect, as was the delicious Fish & Chips at … Continue reading

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Session 8: Spot the code and visualising success

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the Go_Girl summer term! The last eight weeks have far exceeded everyone’s expectations in terms of the young women’s progress. They are very much on the way to … Continue reading

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Session 7: Cyberbullying, interviews and moving forward with work

For the penultimate session before the summer break the Go_Girls had a visit from Helena and Menisha, researchers from the Computer Science department at Oxford. As well as giving us some fascinating internet facts (Most popular celeb on Instagram? Selena … Continue reading

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Session 6: Social media, body image and dancing to our own rhythm

This week the Go_Girls tackled one of the most talked about pressures of our time – body image. Anyone with Instagram knows that tanned, toned (and more often than not edited) selfies are de rigueur on this social app. It’s … Continue reading

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Session 5: Video Selfies & telling our stories online

We had an excellent week this week, where we continued our dicussions with the young women about being safe online, particularly since we didn’t have a chance to talk about it with the young women in the Wednesday session.  We … Continue reading

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Go_girl wins award in OxTALENT 2017 competition!

Today was a very busy day for the go_girls: in the morning, the young women attended the Open Day at Rose Hill Youth Services together with Mel, where they introduced go_girl to other young people, youth- and social workers, and … Continue reading

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Session 4: Relationships & Being safe online

This week we focused on relationships. After our routine check-in we jumped right in by discussing what makes up both healthy and unhealthy relationships. For healthy relationships we found that trust, support, compassion and being able to banter without taking … Continue reading

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Session 3: What’s coding got to do with it?

This week’s session was action packed, and intense, and all the go_girls and staff worked hard to challenge some of the notions of what coding is and how to think about it, and to push the boundaries of their comfort. … Continue reading

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Session 2: Finances & Intro to Coding

Today’s session started with a weekly check-in, a time for each Go_Girl to share and discuss their weekly activities with the group.  After the check-in, we had an enlightening lesson on finances.  Some of the topics discussed were credit, interest rates, … Continue reading

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Our new go_girl mascot, designed by go_girl participant DjayDjay!

Please welcome our new go_girl mascot, designed by go_girl participant and freelance designer DjayDjay. DjayDjay designed the mascot based on the input from all the go_girl participants, with special reference to Mel (see shield, representing Mel’s Jewel(l)s!) DjayDjay writes about … Continue reading

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Session 1: On the road(map) to success!

The second session of go_girl had a lot to live up to after the huge success of week 1. Unsurprisingly, however, week 2 proved to be another fantastic afternoon full of insightful discussions and fun activities. I was lucky enough … Continue reading

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Session 0: First session for year 2 of go_girl!

  We’re so thrilled to be back with a new group of ambitious young women and had our first session of the year. We spent the session getting to know each other through different ice breaker activities, discussing everyone’s expectations … Continue reading

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go girl code + create recruitment process

The recruitment process has been happening over the past few months now, recruiting and engaging girls and young women to start this years go girl code + create project 2017! I have been fortunate enough to meet some inspiring and … Continue reading

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Kick-off Team Meeting: Lots of Exciting New Ideas!

Today we had the first extended team meeting, where we welcomed our new team members Ashmita, Tracey, and Izzy. We discussed recruitment strategies and mapped out the new curriculum, developing exciting new ideas. We can’t wait to get the weekly … Continue reading

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Go_girl project presentation at the IT Services

Go_girl pioneers Rosie and Chloe, together with Paula and Anne showcased the go_girl project in today’s #OxEngage lunchtime workshop at the IT Services. Rosie and Chloe reflected on their personal experiences of taking part in the go_girl project last year, … Continue reading

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Go_girl pioneers visit Facebook HQ in London

A description by Isabel of our visit to the Facebook HQ will follow soon. In the mean time, here are some visual impressions!

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Go_girl featured on Oxford Thinking website

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Go_girl Recruitment

The recruitment of new participants for the next go_girl project cohort has started! Two of our go_girl pioneers, Chloe and Rosie, yesterday joined youth worker Mel on her visit to youth clubs in Oxfordshire to introduce the go_girl project and … Continue reading

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Go_girl: code+create to continue this year with a new group of young women

The go_girl: code+create project continues this year with a new group of young women! Over the next weeks, we are planning to start with the recruitment of the new participants. Some of the young women who completed the programme last … Continue reading

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University of Oxford features go_girl:code+create in their video series

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Final Go_Girl Project Ceremony and Certificates!

Today, we celebrated our final project event! We all came together at Kellogg College to share the stories of our journeys over the past go_girl year with friends and families and to present the projects to those interested. Everyone seemed … Continue reading

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Session 35: Working on our individual education- and career goal roadmaps

Today was the last official go_girl session! It was very sad but wonderful to see how far everyone has come in the past year! We started the session with the usual check-in. With the final go girl ceremony, which is … Continue reading

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Session 34: planning for the ceremony

The session started today with the girls talking about their previous week and sharing what they have done over the recent weekend- JT shared with the group some photos of her cousin’s wedding she had attended Saturday. The girls completed … Continue reading

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Session 33: Go Girl show case at East Oxford Hub

Today the go girls got together  at the East Oxford Hub. The group discussed last weeks event at the symposium and shared their thoughts.The group discussed the next steps for go girl and what needed to be done for the go … Continue reading

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go_girl: code+create Symposium

Today’s symposium on ‘Women and Technology: How can we challenge inequalities in higher and further education?’ started with an introduction by Niall Winters, in which he welcomed the around 36 delegates and set the frame for the day. Referring to … Continue reading

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go_girl: code+create Symposium on ‘Women and Technology: How can we challenge inequalities in higher and further education?’

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Session 32: Practise, practise, practise!

Today’s session was all about giving our presentations the final polish and gaining that bit of extra confidence to present our projects to an audience. We started the session by doing some funny vocal exercises to learn how to project … Continue reading

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Session 31: Preparing to present our projects

In today’s session, we continued to prepare our project presentations and to finalize our projects. It’s only two weeks till we will present our projects for the first time to the public! We may not be fully finished with all … Continue reading

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Session 30: Woo-hoo! Thirty sessions done!

After thirty Go girl sessions, it’s amazing to look back and see how far the girls have come. They have been committed to the project, putting in as much effort as they can. The improvements, the friendships and knowledge of … Continue reading

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Session 29: Personal projects progress report

As the project presentation date draws closer, the girls are ensuring that they put in much effort to see their projects through to completion. Today, we started with our usual check-ins from the past week and discussed with the team … Continue reading

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Session 28: Next phase of personal projects

Today we kicked off the session seeing how the girls’ week has been and sharing any updates. Two of the girls have new employment opportunities which is great news and they both will be starting their new roles this week. The group … Continue reading

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Session 27: Personal Projects – Phase 1

Today was very exciting and productive, though we didn’t have a full house because some of the girls couldn’t make it to the session, it was a good start for most of the personal and group projects. The take-home assignments … Continue reading

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Session 26: Personal Projects – Background research and project planning

The long break is over and we are ready to start working on our personal projects! Today’s session started with our usual check-in and everyone seemed to have had a nice holiday- Sabbah in Egypt, Paula in Dubai, Anne & … Continue reading

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Session 25: Go Girl lunch date!

Today the Go Girls went to Bella Italia, Oxford City centre to have lunch and to Celebrate JT’s Birthday and the progress the girls have made to date during the Go Girl group sessions. JT enjoyed her birthday card and … Continue reading

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Session 24: Making an interactive holiday card and starting our projects

We started today’s session with our weekly check-in and then moved on to make mind-maps of project ideas for the creative individual projects and to present the ideas to the group. Some of the young women decided to work in … Continue reading

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From Sabbah’s Blog: Starting My Project!

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In todays Go Girl session I started my individual project of making a game using Scratch. I brainstormed some ideas on a piece of paper of what I would like my game to be, then I…

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Session 23: Journalling our Coding Experiences

As is tradition by now, we started today’s session with our usual weekly check-in. Julia, Sabbah and Shannon updated those who could not attend last week about the session and gave examples of the domain name they chose. We then … Continue reading

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Session 22: Cake Sale & Blogging

After a successful bake sale yesterday morning at the Department of Education, we were tired but excited that we raised some money for Paige. We would like to use this medium to say a big “Thank you” to everyone who … Continue reading

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Cake Sale on Wednesday 9 March @OUDE

On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, from 10:30 – 11:00 at the Department of Education, Norham Gardens 15, we will be selling cakes to raise money for Paige’s fundraising appeal Please do come along and enjoy a cup of coffee or … Continue reading

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Session 21: Coding with Scratch

We started today’s session with our weekly check-in and then Sabbah and Julia briefed the others who had not been there when we had talked about robotics (session 19) about the basics of the game they had learned. We also … Continue reading

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Go Girls football fitness session with OUFC

The go girls have been doing really well in participating in football fitness sessions- this week the group had a free taster session delivered by Ruth Senior and an OUFC under 18’s player. The group took part in a warm … Continue reading

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Fundraising Appeal for Paige

Our wonderful and much loved Go Girl project team member and researcher, Paige, who is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, has been taken seriously ill while conducting fieldwork in the US. Two of … Continue reading

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Go Girl attends the CEIAG Conference 2016

Today, the Go Girl project was showcased at the Oxfordshire County Council’s CEIAG Conferece (which stands for Careers, Education, Information, Advice, Guidance, if I am not mistaken!) at King’s Centre in Botley! It was a very interesting event and the … Continue reading

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Session 20: Preparing for the CEIAG 2016 Conference

It was great to see everyone back after last week’s mid-term break! Today, nearly everyone was able to attend and we started the session with discussing what we need to prepare for tomorrow’s CEIAG Conference at King’s Centre in Botley. … Continue reading

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Session 19: coding with plastic cups

The group session kicked off with the girls discussing the previous week talking about other projects and programmes they are currently involved in; including training and employment seeking. Today the group took part in coding with plastic cups- we got … Continue reading

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Session 18: Thinkersmith Traveling Circuits: Robotics and Pseudocodes

Once everyone arrived, we had our weekly check-in and recaps from the previous week. Lita Thornhill and Luke Mattam, representatives of the Oxfordshire CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) conference 2016 joined us to briefly discuss what and who … Continue reading

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The T-shirts have arrived!

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Session 17: Writing our first program, in Pseudocode

Today nearly everyone was back. After the usual weekly check-in, we started the session by taking a group picture of us in our go_girl: code+create T-shirts (Shannon, Sabbah, Jess and Anne are missing in the picture). After a quick re-cap … Continue reading

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Go Girl’s do football fitness sessions

The Go Girls have been participating in football fitness sessions this January. The football fitness sessions take place in the Barton community centre sports hall every Monday between 2 -4pm. The girls come along and get involved with warm up … Continue reading

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Session 16: Pseudocode and Udacity

We were a bit low on attendance today with only half of the group attending, but we still carried on with our introduction to coding. We did an icebreaker where we paired off and wrote a sequence of codes for … Continue reading

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Session 15: Intro to Coding

Today was our first day back from the holiday break and the start of our coding phase, the last phase of go_girl. It was really great to see everyone and hear how the break was. We received our go_girl t-shirts … Continue reading

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Go Girls Isabelle and Frances accept their Digital Wildfires Award

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Go Girls Among Winners of Digital Wildfire Competition

We have just received the news that Isabelle and Frances’ competition entry ‘Identity’ has been crowned one of the winners of the Digital Wildfire competition of the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. And Chloe and Rosie’s entry ‘My … Continue reading

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Go Girl Xmas Treat

The Go Girls and staff enjoyed a xmas lunch together at Pizza Hut Oxford followed by a trip to the Oxford Play House to watch Alladdin. It was great to have the whole group together before we break for the … Continue reading

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Go Girls go to Ace taster day

The Go Girls were invited to participate in a taster day at Ace training, a specialist construction training center based in Kidlington Oxford. The aim of the taster day was to give girls and young women the opportunity to take … Continue reading

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Digital Wildfire Competition – project entry from Chloe and Rosie

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Digital Wildfire Competition – project entry from Sabbah and Shannon

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Digital Wildfire Competition – project entry from Julia

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Digital Wildfire Competition – project entry from Jess and Charlotte

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Digital Wildfire Competition – project entry from Isabelle and Frances

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Session 14: Completing and presenting our Digital Wildfire Projects

Today the Go girls have been working on their individual projects for the Digital Wildfire competition. They have been working in pairs on topics about good and bad social media and events that they have experienced when using social media. … Continue reading

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Go Girl’s 24 hour walk

The Go Girls will be taking part in a 24 hour sponsored walk in partnership with The Children heard and seen charity. Start date: Sunday the 20th of December 2015 at 10am until 10am on Monday the 21st. We will … Continue reading

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Session 13: Digital Wildfire Projects Progress

In today’s session we focused on finishing the Digital Wildfire projects so the young women could edit and put the finishing touches on them next week before they submit them next Thursday. They made great progress on their projects and … Continue reading

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A short recap of the past few months in pictures

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From Sabbah’s Blog: At The Blackbird Leys Job Fair!

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On the 11th of November of 2015 I went to the Blackbird Leys Job Fair with Go Girl. ( Click the link to find out what else we go up to!) We participated as a group to…

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Go Girl Goes to the Job Fair – A short documentary created and edited by the young women

On 11 November, the Go Girls made a trip to the job fair in East Oxford (see separate post). The young women had researched and prepared a set of questions to ask potential employers. They interviewed and filmed with their … Continue reading

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Session 12: Digital Wildfire Discussion: what does it mean to be a good digital citizen?

     Today we had Helena from the Computer Science Department come talk to us for half of the session about the Digital Wildfire project. The young women had the opportunity to engage with her on issues of digital citizenship … Continue reading

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Session 11: Finances, Documentary Editing, and Digital Wildfire

This week we started the session off with a lesson on finances where the young women learned about managing their money and about the risks of short term cash loans.           We then continued with the individual projects and began … Continue reading

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Session 10: Go Girl Goes to the Job Fair: Interviews, Filming and iPad Projects

Today was exciting and productive as we had a full day of activities. We all went to a job fair where the young women had the opportunity to interview employers while filming with their iPads. The interviews turned out really … Continue reading

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Session 9: Individualised iPad Projects: Photography, Gaming and Video Blogs!

This was our first week back after the young women’s half-term break. Today’s session was focused on selecting individualised projects for each of the young women to carry out on their iPads for the next couple of weeks. We went … Continue reading

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Autumn Fun!! – Another smartphone short-film created by the young women

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Session 8: iPads are Here! iMovie Fun

This week was a really exciting Go Girl session because we received our iPads! We spent most of today’s session setting them up then we used them to film new short videos and edited them. The videos were quite diverse, … Continue reading

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Smartphone short-film created by one of the Go Girls

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Session 7: Introduction to short filmmaking and video editing

We continued with our digital skills and digital storytelling phase in today’s session, which was focused on short filmmaking and video editing. Building on the previous task of taking pictures throughout their day, last week we asked everyone to shoot … Continue reading

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Poster session at the Department of Education, University of Oxford

The Go Girls were represented with this poster at today’s poster exhibtion at the Department of Education, University of Oxford!

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Session 6: “A day in the life of…” – Telling our stories through digital pictures

After our introductory life skills sessions over the past month, we had our first session of the digital skills and digital storytelling phase today. In last week’s session, everyone had been tasked with documenting one day of their week by … Continue reading

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Session 5: Addiction and Mindfulness

In today’s session, the last one for the life skills development and mindfulness phase, we focused on addiction. This topic again stemmed from earlier discussions we had this summer with our Go Girls about what they thought would be helpful … Continue reading

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Session 4: Dealing with Anger and Aggression

The themes and goals of our sessions for this first phase come from a combination of relevancy for the wider goals of Go Girl and the particular interests of our young women. This week’s session on dealing with anger and … Continue reading

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Session 3: How Values Shape our Relationships

An article we recently tweeted discussed the importance of understanding the processes and forces shaping our values and aspirations in the context of “coding culture” which connects nicely with a key aspect of this first phase of Go Girl. There … Continue reading

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Session 2: Communication Skills

Today’s session was focused on communication skills. Communication is fundamental for us to not only express our interests and aspirations but also to help foster healthy relationships, which is next week’s topic. It’s been shown that level of educational aspirations … Continue reading

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Session 1: Values and Aspirations

We’re officially underway with the first phase of our project, which is dedicated to learning about each other and our values and aspirations. We had our first meeting since returning from summer holiday just last week. During the session we … Continue reading

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go_girl: code+create workshop at Said Business School for IT Staff

Niall Winters introducing the go_girl project in a workshop at the Said Business School to IT Staff at the University of Oxford.

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Introducing go_girl: code+create

go_girl: code+create is a project at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, jointly run by Niall Winters and Anne Geniets. In line with Oxford’s targets in its Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access, this interdisciplinary project complements … Continue reading

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