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WES Updates & Events
International Women in Engineering Day 2021 

Celebrating our engineering heroes
​Thanks to each and every one of you who helped us to celebrate INWED this year! International Women in Engineering Day celebrated its 8th year in 2021, with the theme of #EngineeringHeroes, highlighting the achievements of the women who’d fought the global pandemic, doing everything from making PPE and vaccines to keeping the lights on in homes and businesses across the world. Special thanks goes to our sponsors, without whom this global impact would not be possible.
INWED 2021 In Numbers
  • >526 million potential reach using #INWED21
  • >100 global media stories
  • Trended #1 on Twitter in the UK
  • >289K impressions on tweets from @INWED1919
  • >20K individual online conversations using #INWED21
  • >44K engagements (like, comment, share) using #INWED21
  • >100 events listed on the INWED website
  • >1700 enquiries and resources downloads from the INWED website
  • >1600 new followers of INWED social accounts
  • >1515 fresh sign ups to INWED news, increasing our total opt-in email audience by 20%.
How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built for Men’ Webinar

Extending the INWED celebrations to the following day, WES held a free, one-hour online presentation and discussion on Thursday 24 June with leading journalist Katrine Marçal about her new book, Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored In An Economy Built for Men.

Katrine led the audience through fascinating examples of how innovators have failed to take women’s experiences into account, analysing what they can tell us about gender and innovation today.
 ‘Engineering Heroes’: WES presents a Virtual Celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2021 (INWED)
If you attended this event on 23 June, we’d very much appreciate a few minutes of your time to get your feedback via this form. This helps us greatly in developing future WES events.

On 23 June, WES presented the key event for International Women in Engineering Day, on this year’s theme of ‘Engineering Heroes’. This webinar featured 4 outstanding female speakers from 3 continents – Major Angela Laycock (UK), Fadeelah Kenny (South Africa), Jane Priston (UK) and Janette Marx (USA) – reflecting INWED’s global reach, and attracted a record number of nearly 900 registrations from 32 countries around the world. We heard remarkable stories of engineering heroism from past and present, and some top tips for how you too could become an engineering hero of the future.

WES also announced the much-anticipated ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards UK: Engineering Heroes’, profiling the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering today. Find out more about these remarkable women and their achievements here.
The National Grid Youth Engineering Climate Conference

7 - 8 September 2021
FREE online conference

WES is delighted to join National Grid as a partner for their Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference. Taking place on 7-8 September 2021, this online event will bring together a diverse global network of young engineers who are engaged and excited about being involved in the green energy transition in response to climate change.
The conference program features a range of panellists and speakers, a virtual exhibition, four interactive workstreams themed around key issues for the green energy transition, virtual networking and a virtual green jobs board.
You can read more about this event and register for FREE by visiting the website here.

WES Partnership News

Mentoring Programme
Do you have an internal mentoring scheme or would you like to help us create a case study for mentoring? If so, we want to hear from you. Lots of Partners are looking at launching internal mentoring programmes so they would love to have a knowledge sharing session on the topic. Get in touch today if you are interested in getting involved.
Collaborate - “How does your organisation promote diversity and inclusion?”
We are giving a few select Partners the opportunity to showcase how they promote D&I and share this with other Partners. Please let us know if you wish to get involved. This will be a public event open tol the WES Member and Partner Network and a great opportunity to showcase your organisation.
Returnship Programme
Have you successfully launched your own internal programme for returners? If so we want to hear from you. Partners are currently really engaged with this topic and we would love to hold a brainstorm and knowledge sharing session on returnships and how these have run successfully within your organisation. If you have operated a successful programme internally or you are interested in hearing from others, we want to hear from you!

Upcoming Partner Webinar Session

Diversity, inclusion and SDG Pillars - Identity and Intersection in the Workplace
For this webinar we will be joined by two fantastic speakers:
 Ifeyinwa Kanu Founder/CEO - IntelliDigest who will be speaking to us about diversity, inclusion and SDG Pillars.
Clare Xenolearn Founder and Director of Xenolearn who will be speaking about: Identity and Intersection Tools for Teams.

"Were you the first woman?"
We have had a fantastic response to the “Were you the first woman…?” questions that were sent out to members earlier this month. There have been some great stories and case studies of your achievements and “firsts” which we will be sharing over the coming months. Thank you to those of you who have responded so far. If you missed the email or haven’t had the time to reply yet and would like to share your story then please let us know at [email protected]
WES Apprentice Board News

The Apprentice Board are pleased to welcome Jaymisha Nayee (Thales), Jade Kimpton (National Grid) and Tilly Watts (BAE Systems) to the board for the year 2021/22. We're looking forward to working on some new projects with you all over the next few months! The chair would also like to take this opportunity to thank our leaving members Hadassah Wallace, Grace Handley and Kate Self for their hard work and commitment over the past 12 months; they will all be missed.
Apprentice Board Podcast

Launched on INWED 2021, the APB have pulled together a podcast covering a range of issues affecting young women moving into engineering apprenticeships. Each episode also features a special guest, interviewed by members of the board. This podcast has been recorded entirely remotely during this uncertain period, and we hope members can share it with young people interested in apprenticeships so that they might get a taste of what they can involve. Available on Spotify by searching "WES Apprentices" or go here.
Sign up for #WESLottieTour 2021!

The WES Early Careers Board is organising its sixth #WESLottieTour this year for Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2021, to show how varied and exciting it is to work in engineering! The Lottie Tour has grown so much since it was launched in 2016 from only 10 volunteers to an amazing 170 in 2019, but we’d love this number to grow even more this year.

We’re proud to announce the 2021 #WESLottieTour is being sponsored by GKN Automotive for the second year in a row.
Sign up for the #WESLottie Tour by clicking and filling out the form here. Please use the form if you either would like to borrow a Lottie Doll from WES or if you already have your own as we’d love to capture the full number of volunteers taking part! Any questions, please get in contact with Vera and Kate on the ECB: [email protected]
WES Board Elections 2021
We are excited to announce that nominations for the WES Board will be open from 20 August. In 2021, we are looking for three Directors on a three year term. Any Full Member, Associate Member, Fellow or Associate Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society is eligible to stand for election as a Director and must be nominated by three Members of the Society. All candidates and nominators must have paid any and all subscriptions owing and due to the Society by 11 September 2021. Nominations must be received by Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO and Company Secretary, on or before the 11 September 2021. Any forms received after this date will not be accepted.
An email with further details will be sent out to all Members on 20 August, or you can contact Elizabeth Donnelly at [email protected] for more information
Join WES today!

There has never been a better time to join WES and become part of the largest network of women engineers in the UK.

Our community is driven by the common goal of supporting women in engineering to fulfil their potential and supporting the engineering industry to be inclusive.

Joining is a fantastic opportunity to expand your network and make new friends. Membership benefits include access to the Membership Area of our website, discounted conference and event rates, participation opportunities and more.

WES Jobs

Future Leader Programme, KONE, various locations
Field Services Engineer, Costa Express, North West London
Technical opportunities GCHQ, Various locations
Maintenance Engineer, Pareto FM, London
Senior Control Systems Design Engineer, Third Equation Ltd, Edinburgh
Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Third Equation Ltd, Edinburgh
Production Manager, Wakefield, Coca cola Europacific Partners, Wakefield
Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey, Guildford
Fibre Network Planner, CityFibre, Nationwide opportunities
University of Bristol, Bristol
Reader, University of Surrey, Guildford
Lecturer, University of Surrey, Guildford
Project Engineer - Stack Effect, RWDI Anemos Ltd, Milton Keynes
Graduate Programme - Software Engineer, BAE Systems, Broad Oak, Weymouth and Filton
Graduate Programme - Systems Engineer, BAE Systems, Broad Oak, Weymouth, Filton
Lead DataOps Engineer, CityFibre, Milton Keynes
Build Assurance Engineer, CityFibre, Bath
Academy City Planner - South East, CityFibre, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Academy City Planner - Midlands, CityFibre, Birmingham
Politecnico di Milano, University of Warwick, TAUW GMBH, Milan (Italy), Coventry (UK), Berlin (Germany)
Head of Section - Energy Analytics, Bristol/ Glasgow/ London
University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Course Director - Building Surveying and Facilities Management, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds with some Home Working
Client Support Engineer, Brainomix, Oxford
.NET Developer, MRI Software
Analyst, Mirada Medical, Oxford
Apprentice Site Engineer, J McCann and Co Ltd, Midlands
Motorway Technology Engineer, J McCann and Co Ltd, Nationwide
Software Engineer, Mirada Medical, Central Oxford
NCEO Non-Executive Director, National Centre for Earth Observation, UK based (headquarters based at Space Park Leicester)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment, New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE), Hereford
Automation Engineering Apprentice, WAGO Limited, Rugby
Engineering Manager, Brown-Forman, Newbridge, Edinburgh
Technical opportunities, GCHQ, Various locations
Senior Control Systems Design Engineer, Third Equation Ltd, Edinburgh
Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Third Equation Ltd, Edinburgh
Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey, Guildford
Fibre Network Planner, CityFibre, Nationwide opportunities
Tired Engineer In Training
Tired Engineer in Training, Eleanor Yong, shares the drawings that she started to help break up the monotony of studying/revising.
Other News
Applications open for Transport Research and Innovation Grants

Are you an SME or University developing technology that relates to zero emission flight? Apply now for the latest Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG): Zero Emission Flight run by the Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and Connected Places Catapult.

The competition will offer grants of up to £50,000 to at least 12 innovative businesses and universities developing technology in a number of areas including: hydrogen storage, electric charging, research into future demand scenarios for airside use of green hydrogen and electricity at UK airports and more. Applications are now open until midnight on 1 August 2021. Find out more and apply here.
RAEng Awards now open
Applications for the next round of Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships are now open and will close on Wednesday 2 September 2021.

Applications are submitted via the Royal Academy of Engineering grants management system, Flexi-Grant. Eligible applications will access the selection process consisting of an expert review stage after which all applications will be considered by a sift panel that will select candidates for interview. More details are available here.

If you have any questions or queries, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not covered in the FAQ page, then please contact the Research team.
Allianz Engineer Surveyor Apprenticeship

Allianz Engineer Surveyor Apprenticeship are opening up spaces for their apprenticeship. Over two years, the apprenticeship gives on-the-job training and experience as well as support through the qualifications required to become an Engineer Surveyor. For more information click here.
WES is grateful for the support, in the form of partnership, sponsorship, collaborations, in-kind donations and funding for recent projects from many organisations including those listed below.

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