Pupil from Northampton school successful in national IT competition

Eve Hesketh, a pupil at The Duston School, in Northampton, has scooped a runners' up prize in a national competition run by Network Rail,
Eve Hesketh, a pupil at The Duston School, in Northampton, has scooped a runners' up prize in a national competition run by Network Rail,

A 17 year old pupil from The Duston School in Northampton has finished runner-up in a competition run by Network Rail that aims to raise awareness of IT jobs amongst young women.

Eve Hesketh beat more than 200 girls aged 16 to 18 to be named one of five runners-up in the Could IT Be You? Competition.

Her winning submission talked about using technology to prevent disease outbreaks by creating a wearable device to monitor symptoms.

She also wrote a tweet that stated: “With the help of technology, we are no longer confined to only our own mind. We can see, feel and live the experiences of others #changeyourmindset”

The teenager will now receive two weeks paid work experience and mentoring with the Network Rail’s IT team.

Miss Hesketh said: “I feel so privileged to have been selected from all the applications received for this opportunity. Could IT Be You? has been such a brilliant experience and I am so glad to have been involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the finalists’ day in February and came away feeling empowered and inspired.”

Susan Cooklin, founder of the competition and Network Rail Group CIO said: “Popular culture has helped create a perception among young women that a career in IT is all about writing code in basement offices – the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

“All this year’s winners have showed a creative mind for solving problems and good communications, and these are the skills that business leaders are after. Congratulations to them all, and I can’t wait to bring them on board this summer where they will get a fantastic opportunity to see how technology is integral to the successful running of the railway.”