Entry Into Digital: Re-coding the Norm

Join us at this diversity and inclusion event, as we take a deep dive into employment within the digital sector!

Join us, as Owen Stanley hosts this event as we’re joined by a number of key industry figures from across Lancashire’s digital & tech community, as well as past and present students from the DEEper programme.

The event will focus on barriers to entry into the digital Industry from the perspective of both employers as well as DEEPer programme applicants. We’ll be explaining what the DEEPer programme is, and discussing Imposter Syndrome as a common feeling amongst junior developers, before we hear first hand experiences and stories about diversity in tech – the positive and negative.

This event is designed to offer a platform to ‘smash the stereotypes’ associated with the sector, address the digital skills gap facing the region, offer information to employers looking to upskill their current workforce, as well as for people looking for a new career in PHP or wanting to give their existing digital skills a boost. We’ll also be discussing the challenges faced by others in the industry so we can better shape the future of Digital in Lancashire.

This event will consist of 3 sessions and will offer a deep dive into employment in the digital & tech sector focusing on:

Session 1: Breaking Down Barriers – A review of the recruitment process at present from both employers and those hoping to gain employment.

Session 2: Interrupting Imposter Syndrome – Presentations on Imposter Syndrome from developers as a common feeling amongst junior developers.

Session 3: Smashing Stereotypes – Discussion on Diversity in the digital sector and the importance of combating this.


  • 6.30pm – Welcome and Introductions (5mins)

Hosted by Owen Stanley

  • 6.35pm – Breaking Down Barriers (20 mins)

Q&A session with Jeremy Coates(DEEPer employer) and past and present DEEPer Students.

  • 6.55pm – Interrupting Imposter Syndrome (30mins)

Presentations from Nicky Danino (Principal Lecturer in Computer Science, UCLan).

  • 7.25pm Smashing Stereotypes (20 mins)

Panel featuring Joey Xoto (Viddyoze) and Catherine Mugonyi.

  • 7.45pm Q&A and Closing Comments (15 mins)
  • 8pm Event Close

Who is this event for?

This event is ideal for anybody interested in beginning a new career in PHP or any employers that would like to upskill their current workforce.

Speakers Biographies:

Nicky Danino – Principal Lecturer in Computer Science, UCLan





I’m a Principal Lecturer at UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) in Preston. I’m the Academic Lead for Computer Science in the School of Psychology and Computing.

This includes managing our existing Computer Science portfolio, as well as exploring and initiating new business development. I also have to ensure that we adhere to the QAA subject benchmarks for Computer Science and maintain our status quo of professional body accreditation (British Computer Society).

I love my work as a STEM Ambassador and I am currently a designated UCLan Engagement Catalyst award holder. I work towards trying to engage more young people with Computer Science, and more specifically, girls. I would like to see an increase in the number of girls studying computing, and I work towards trying to address the gender stereotypes around professions in the discipline. I’ve recently co-written a book to show readers how the science of the world we all inhabit can be just as wondrous, exciting and jaw-droppingly brilliant as the explosive exploits we relish seeing on our cinema screens and reading about in our comic books.


My current research interests are based around pedagogy and the use of social media. I carry out research into online human behaviour and I am particularly concerned with the availability of personal data. I conduct data mining research experiments on social media networks to analyse user attitudes and to discover what impact these networks have on individuals and user groups. I’m also interested in gaming and perceptions of gaming in society.


The Digital Engineer Education Programme (DEEPer) receives funding from the £3m Fast Track Fund to train and upskill new digital talent in Lancashire.

DEEPer is one of 14 projects to receive funding as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund supporting businesses to address skills gaps & residents to enter well paid creative, digital & tech roles

The Fast Track Fund is a £3m joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership

DEEPer is a training programme created by industry specialists to help train people for the digital and software engineering industry. It teaches coding in PHP and the skills needed to integrate and work within the fast-developing growing digital sector. It is designed to boost digital skills to help returners into work after career break, those looking to change career and enter this developing sector and those wanting to upskill and take on more challenging roles. Additionally, adding readiness for work and employability skills


The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund, was developed to address locally identified digital skills gaps, is a joint venture between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP).

To find out more about this fund click here

Entry Into Digital: Re-coding the Norm
  • Date 10/12/2020
  • Time 6:30 pm
  • Location Online
  • Cost free
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