April 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the April edition of the WES newsletter.
In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and all the celebrations that have happened or are happening for our Centenary year. 
We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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INWED 2019

  The excitement is growing for this year's exciting #INWED19 campaign!

We are enjoying hearing about the different ways people are celebrating this year. If you are planning to hold an event or activity for INWED & help #TransformTheFuture please register  your INWED event here  www.inwed.org.uk/events-2019  

If you have any questions please contact  inwed@wes.org.uk
WES Centenary Trail Project Officer Vacancy
The Women's Engineering Society was previously awarded a grant of £66,800 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to run our WES Centenary Trail project. The Centenary Trail Project Officer role is supported by the grant and is pivotal to the celebration of 100 years of the Women Engineering Society in 2019. 

We are looking for an organised and enthusiastic project manager with an interest in women's history, experience of working with volunteers and setting up events, with a bit of social media savvy. Ideally you will have done some Wikimedia editing and be familiar with National Lottery Heritage Fund systems. This is an up to 11 month contract - June 2019/May 2020 depending on start date.

Salary £25,000 pro rata (22 hours per week) for up to 11 months. Part time (flexible working available). Home working but able to work occasionally at the WES office in Stevenage and travel across the country for meetings and to run events around the country when required. 

Closing date Tuesday 30th April 2019. To apply please visit the website here
Wales WES Centenary Conference
15 May 2019, Senedd, Cardiff Bay

Join us for an evening of celebration, reflection and networking at the Wales Centenary Conference.  We have some interesting speakers lined up including Elizabeth Donnelly, WES CEO;  a Keynote talk on Industry and Engineering in Wales with Joyce Watson and Prof Karen Holford who will be considering how we can increase the number of women engineers. WES Past President Dr Jan Peters will be chairing the panel discussion. We will be opening up the floor to women engineers to talk about their work, share their passion and gain some experience in public speaking in a supportive environment. For more information and to apply to speak please see the attached document here. 

Local companies are also encouraged to display their latest innovations and are invited to contact us for more information on how they can do this.  

For more information, please contact Katherine Critchley at  wales@1919.wes.org.uk .  Register for the Conference here
WES Centenary Trail Wikithon
18 May, London, LSE Library

The WES Centenary Trail Wikithon is a great chance to  develop your digital skills and learn more about editing Wikipedia. Help us to celebrate brilliant women engineers by creating and improving their pages on the world's favourite online historical record.

WES is working with Heritage Open Days (HODS) to run this event for the celebrated Women's Library, at the London School of Economics (LSE). Training will be delivered by inspiring Wellcome Wikimedian, Dr. Alice White.
Our Wikithon will run from 10am to 4pm, with our Wikimedian on hand to help with all enquiries. There'll be opportunities to break for lunch. Sign up for this FREE event here .
WES Centenary Women: Maysie 'Mrs Pender Chalmers'

Lucy Whitfield, women's historian and founder of the Women Who Made Me project responded to our @WESCentenary  Twitter plea for information about Hettie G Grouse who wrote an article Embryo Women Engineers in the first volume of The Woman Engineer
calling for better scientific education for girls (it still rings true today).

Read the thread about Hetty Grouse and her life here 

Lucy asked if we had any other women we wanted to know more about and we suggested aviator Mrs Pender Chalmers who was all the rage in The Women Enginee r in the 1930s then vanished without trace. Well, Lucy started digging and uncovered this fabulous story of Mrs Pender Chalmers fascinating life! 

Have a look at  this article to find out more about Maysie's work and amazing achievements. 

WES Tyneside Cluster

The WES Tyneside Cluster has applied for funding to reinvigorate the cluster and needs your votes! If they are successful in getting one of 40 grants of £250 from Venator we'll use this for a launch event. 

Anyone can vote up to three times, and although we are biased there are some other awesome projects too. Have a look at the website  here to find out more. 
WES Centenary Fundraising Dinner

Due to building works at our venue of choice, we have unfortunately had to cancel the WES Centenary Fundraising Dinner on Friday 21 June 2019. We hope to be able to hold the dinner elsewhere before the end of this year and will continue to keep you updated on the arrangements for this. Please accept our sincere apologies, and please do continue to support other WES events taking place throughout our Centenary year. Check the  Events section of our website for more information.
News from our WES Members 

WES London Cluster

Alexandra Knight, Virginia Ruiz Albacete and Natalie Cheung
STEM Ambassador
Members of the WES London Cluster are supporting this month's STEM Ambassador campaign to show our commitment to inspiring the next generation of engineers, technicians and scientists.  Throughout the month of April, STEM Ambassadors are encouraged to share photos with their badge at work! To get involved, simply share a photo of you wearing your badge at work on Twitter, using the hashtag #BringYourBadgeToWork and tag @STEMAmbassadors. If you are a registered STEM Ambassador but do not have a badge, please contact your local STEM Ambassador Hub. At the end of April, STEM Learning will be choosing three people to win £50 worth of Amazon gift vouchers. They're looking for posts which show your passion for what you do and what it means to be a STEM Ambassador.

International Women's Day at Crossrail
Natalie Cheung (Member of WES London Cluster) spoke at Crossrail on International Women's Day. During the lunch-time event, Natalie spoke about the importance of role models at all career stages and inclusion in the work place She joined an impressive list of speakers for a panel discussion about commitment to gender equality in rail and construction. We hope to see continued commitment from senior leadership in the journey towards equality for all.

International Women's Day at Amey Strategic Consulting
WES member Alexandra Knight was involved in an IWD event run by Sofia Hauck from Amey Strategic Consulting.  This workshop raised awareness of the Women@Amey network and covered some of the common unconscious biases prevalent in the workplace.

Work Shadowing Week
The London Cluster is proud to present an initiative which seeks to open the doors to girls aged 16+ from schools and universities to some of their offices for a work shadowing experience. It will take place in July and we are in the process of finalising the details. If you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, please contact us at  weslondoncluster@gmail.com
It's common knowledge that women are underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In this month's WES London Cluster article, Brogan Macdonald speaks about Why rebranding STEM to STEAM can help towards a #BalanceForBetter. Read more here.
WES Young Members' Board 

Sign up for #LottieTour 2019! 

Last year over 150 engineers were involved in taking photos of Lottie at work with the WES YMB, and we would love this number to grow even more this year!   

The theme this year is 'Then and Now' to celebrate the  WES Centenary. The idea is to post photos comparing how much engineering has chang ed over the last 100 years. 

Please use this form if you would like to borrow a Lottie Doll from WES to take your photos. We are just about to start sending Lotties out so sign up now!

WES University Groups Board (UGB)

As the academic year reaches an end, our different University groups held their Annual General meetings to reflect on the year's accomplishments and choose next year's committee members. 

The new committee members will have the chance to apply to be on the UGB soon as the application for all positions opens in June.

Our different groups continue to hold talks, socials and outreach activities. If you wish to get involved with the UGB, please contact us through our email: ugb@wes.org.uk
JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)


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Tired Engineer in Training, Eleanor Yong, shares the drawings that she started to help break up the monotony of studying/revising.
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Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
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Nominate your Favourite Historical Woman Engineer

To mark the WES centenary, and as a way of raising the profile of those pioneering women engineers, the Magnificent Women website are putting together a list of 100 historical women engineering from that past 100 years and are asking for your nominations. 

The woman you nominate should satisfy these criteria:
  • was alive at some time between 1919 and 2019, but is now deceased
  • is from the UK, worked in the UK, or has significantly influenced UK engineering or innovation
  • studied/ worked in any discipline that could be classed as engineering
The nominations will be judged over the summer for release in September to coincide with the release of Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines authored by Henrietta Heald.

To nominate and be in with a chance of your nomination being published in early September to coincide with the Heritage Open Days visit the website  here .
Funding of up to £1,000 for engineering sector women available

Women in Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK's engineering sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development programme. 

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for engineering sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here before 3 May 2019.
Driving Force - Dorothee Pullinger and the Galloway
21st Jun 2019 - 31st Jan 2020

Described as 'the only lady motor manufacturer in Scotland' in 1922, Dorothée Pullinger was a pioneering engineer. 
Discover more of her inspiring story in this new multi-object display. 

For more information visit their website here

24-26 May 2019, Paris
This three-day workshop will take place in Paris. The McKinsey Company is inviting female students, graduating no later than in 2020, and professionals with fewer than 8 years of work experience who are based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to join them to take the next step in their leadership journey. For more information, please visit their website.

The Women in Defence Awards are open to women, men and teams who work in defence of the nation. 
There are 10 categories to choose from this year:
  • Inspirational Award *
  • Outstanding Contribution Award *
  • Most Collaborative Award *
  • Emerging Talent Award *
  • Innovation Award *
  • Unsung Heroines Award *
  • Special Award (this category is for individual women whose achievements do not fit directly under one of the other categories) *
  • Promotion of Gender Balance Award (also open to individual men) #
  • STEM in Defence Award (open to women, men and teams) #
  • Inclusive Teamwork Award (only open to teams)
Seven categories* are open to individual women only, two are open to te ams (which can be mixed) and two are open to individual men too.
Nominations will close on Friday 10th May. Further details can be found on the Women in Defence Awards 2019 website.
Partner WES Partners news

We would like to thank all our Partners for their continuing support of WES. To see the list of partners that support WES please visit the website 

To discuss WES partnerships please contact us on Ben.Simpson@wes.org.uk.  

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