Who are BBC Design and Engineering?
BBC Design and Engineering is the team that designs, develops and runs BBC online services including iPlayer, the Red Button, Apps and BBC websites. BBC Digital makes some of the most well-known, popular and high-quality online products and services in the world and the statistics speak for themselves:
- www.bbc.co.uk is the biggest UK based website globally
- The BBC Sports App is the most downloaded sports app in Europe
- BBC Online & Red Button reaches 31m people every week
- BBC is the most shared Twitter publisher in the world
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women's recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are BBC Design and Engineering involved in?
Our projects focus on attracting and recruiting more women into technical, creative and business operational jobs within BBC Digital. We run flagship women in technology conferences and support events like Over The Air and Silicon Milkroundabout who have good gender balance. On the recruitment front, we’ve been testing blind auditioning instead of conventional (some may say biased) CV screening, proactively matching and inviting event attendees to apply to open roles, running unconscious bias training for our hiring managers and running social media campaigns.
We’re also focusing on enhancing our inclusive culture by shooting comedy sketches that educate staff about diversity issues like gender stereotyping, micro inequities, interviewer bias etc. We believe that we have a duty to inform and educate school aged girls about STEM careers so we run outreach events like WISE Campaign’s People Like Me programme and commissioned a white paper into barriers to entry into the tech industry.
We continuously work to update business practices like on-boarding so that we can be as gender friendly as possible as well as signing up to the WISE 10 Steps scheme. We have active Women in Digital, Women in STEM, Global Women in News and Worldwide Women peer networks that all focus on the common goal of gender equality and inclusivity.
Why did BBC Design and Engineering join WISE?
"As an internet first BBC, a BBC for everyone, where everyone belongs, we count on connecting with our diverse audience. To continue developing digital services that our audience loves, we must ensure that women are fairly represented in our teams and so we’re proud to be WISE Campaign members."
Ralph Rivera, Director of BBC Digital