February 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the February edition of the WES newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on #INWED18 and bring you updates from WES, upcoming events, job postings and news from our partners. 

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WESUpdatesWES Updates and Events

On Tuesday 6 February, WES launched International Women in Engineering Day 2018  ( #INWED18 ). For anyone new to INWED, this is an annual day which celebrates women working within engineering roles throughout the world, and encourages girls to consider engineering and related professions when thinking about their career choices. 

On Saturday 23 June, and in the weeks leading up to and after the day, we hope to see lots of people and organisations demonstrating how they will be #RaisingTheBar for #INWED18 through events, activities and on social media. We hope you will be taking part! Why not get involved and download your INWED18 Resource Pack here.

Sponsors for #INWED18 include  Amazon Cranfield University FM Global the Institute of Refrigeration Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport , NSIRC,  QinetiQ Royal Academy of Engineering SSE  and  UK Petroleum Industry Association .   Read more about our 2018 sponsors here

Follow us on Twitter at  @INWED1919  and use  #INWED18 and  #RaisingTheBar  to share your thoughts, ideas and pictures with us.

To find out more about #INWED18  visit the website here: www.inwed.org.uk.
WES Appoint Events Manager

Jess Aries has been appointed as the new WES Events Manager.

Jess has many years' experience in managing events for a wide variety of organisations especially in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors including for the Nuffield Foundation, Royal Society of Medicine and Diabetes UK.

Jess started on 15 January 2018 and is a welcome addition to the WES Team. She is already making her mark on #INWED18!
WES Young Members' Board 
Yasmin Ali, WES Young Members' Board (YMB) member, at Ada Lovelace Live 

Back in October 2017, WES YMB member Yasmin Ali was invited to do a demonstration of Chemical Engineering as part of the celebrations for Ada Lovelace Day. The event, which took place at the Royal Institution in London, featured seven women in STEM and was hosted by science and maths inspired comedian Helen Arney. You can now watch the videos from the night online here, where you can see Yasmin make ice cream using liquid nitrogen with help from the audience!

Challenge Card Videos

Remember to keep up to date with the WES YMB Challenge Card videos uploaded every Friday
 on  our YouTube Channel " WES by the WES YMB ",  and shared on Facebook, @ymb1919 on Twitter  and @wesymb  on Instagram.  Well done to everyone who has posted a video.  Please share them and if you fancy having a go at the challenges and uploading your own video with #WESChallenge that would be amazing!
WES London Cluster 

The London Cluster committee held its January meeting at Imperial College London (thanks to Chiara, Parth and Jess for hosting!). The meeting was a great opportunity to discuss upcoming events and ideas, and for new people to get involved. The next committee meeting will take place on 20 February 2018 at ARUP offices. Members welcome to join, but email to let us know beforehand: weslondoncluster@gmail.com

WES at KidZania Careers Fair

Virginia Ruiz from Scottish Power and Sarah Clayton represented WES at the January Careers Fair at KidZania. This event gave children an opportunity to talk with industry professionals and to be inspired within an immersive environment. Virginia provided an exciting insight into the renewables business through interactive models and even a virtual reality visit to an Offshore Windfarm - she said of the event "It is always an incredible opportunity to make kids, and specially girls, aware of all the fun and challenging roles needed within engineering!"

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Carolina Escudero, Power System Development Engineer and member of the WES London Cluster, wrote this blog to mark the occasion.

WES Council Member, Carol Morris, achieves Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 

Carol Morris, Deputy Head of School: Engineering and Innovation at The Open University, became a Principal Fellow in November 2017. She is one of only eight Principal Fellows in the Open University and one of 800 nationally. The Principal Fellowship recognises significant strategic leadership in Learning and Teaching and an ongoing commitment to student learning.
WES Member, Dawn Fitt, creates Bedford College Women in STEM special interest group.

Dawn Fitt is developing a programme looking to encourage female full time and part time students including apprentices to network, firstly via a closed Facebook group and later to attend seminars, host technical visits and to hopefully grow their numbers.  She is also in discussions with Matthew Studdard-Kennedy at The Shuttleworth Collection to develop a programme for INWED.

She is seeking advice and support for these initiatives from members in the Beds/Cambs/North Herts and Bucks areas email:  dfitt@bedford.ac.uk
Last reminder: Invitation to the INWES-Europe Annual Events

9-11 March 2018, [Free]
In celebration of International Women's Day 2018, INWES-Europe, the regional network of the International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists will be holding its annual events in Lisbon: its 3rd Board meeting, Annual Conference on the theme "Women engineers & scientists bringing concrete action to socio-economic impacts of Climate Change" and the First General Assembly of INWES-Europe. We are expecting this to be a lively set of meetings, including networking with colleagues from across Europe and beyond. 

All WES members are also INWES members and encouraged to participate in INWES-Europe. Several WES representatives will be at these meetings - join us! Email Sarah Peers sarah.peers@inwes.org if you have any questions.

Further information can be found here and to register email the Secretary General yvette.ramos@inwes.org by 24 February.

Follow INWES-Europe on Twitter @INWES_Europe , on Facebook INWES-Europe .
INWES-Europe's Response to the Open Consultation on Bridging the Digital Gender Divide
At the end of January, Betty Bonnardel and Sarah Peers from the WES Council submitted on behalf of INWES-Europe, the regional group of the Women International Network of Engineers and Scientists a response to the Open Consultation on Bridging the Digital Gender Divide organised by the UN Agency's International Telecommunications Union. This submission was presented by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, representing the UK to the ITU Council Working Group on our behalf. 

View their main conclusions in the compilation of responses document - entry no. 45 on page 46.
WES in the News

WES is mentioned in this Huffington Post blog by Sue Fern 'Young Minds Are The Future: We Owe It To Them To Fight Career Stereotypes'

All the latest vacancies, information on recruiting agencies, along with tips for interviews and applications can found on the WES website here.

STEM Returners 
TiredEngineerTired Engineer in Training
Tired Engineer in Training, Eleanor Yong, shares the drawings that she started to help break up the monotony of studying/revising.
Eleanor Yong: 99 bugs in the code [Click on image to open]
Eleanor Yong: tamagotchi boyfriend [Click on image to open]
EventsUpcoming Events
Doing Their Bit: Brooklands Women in the Great War

6 February-8 March 2018, 10:00-16:00 [Adults £13.50]
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

Exploring war work through the individual experiences of five women, 'Doing Their Bit: Brooklands Women in the Great War' highlights a range of roles that women took on. In an innovative, dispersed exhibition, travel around Brooklands Museum to meet Hilda, Muriel, Gertrude, Ethel and Kathleen. From aircraft manufacture to supporting our armed forces to caring for the wounded, this exhibition tells the story of these women's work in World War One.

Find out more here
OxFEST 7th Annual Symposium - STEMpower Her: Together We Rise

24 February 2018, 8:30-19:00 [£15 / early £10]

St. Anne's College, Oxford

OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology) is one of Oxford University's largest student societies, and we promote gender equality in STEM subjects. We are delighted to bring a fantastic all-day programme to you in our 7th Annual Symposium. The conference is open to individuals of all genders.
Getting More Women Into Technology

24 February 2018, 10:00-18:00 [Free]
ThoughtWorks London, London

There has been a lack of women in the UK technology industry for more than two decades now. As the industry grows in importance to the UK economy, the percentage of women working in the tech sector has remained relatively constant, with women accounting for just 17% of tech jobs overall. The underrepresentation of women in the UK technology industry is a core issue, and addressing the gender gap is critical to long-term success.

FISITA Technical Webinar with Ygomi

28 February 2018, 11:00 [Free]

FISITA will be joined by T. Russell Shields, Chair of Ygomi, and his presentation is titled 'Precise Localization for Automated Driving'. The webinar will be followed by a live question and answer session, allowing participants to pose their questions directly to Mr Shields.

Webinar: Activating the diversity process in Engineering and Oil & Gas
28 February 2018, 16:00 [Free]
The Includes You webinar will cover many various topics relating to diversity, from historical talent acquisition methods and how they can be improved, to the benefits companies using a fair process to attract candidates can expect to see. This includes the following topics: Why are we still using CVs?; The introduction of diversity; Reduce your unconscious bias; and How using a fair process will have a positive impact on your employer brand.

Beyond automation: the new world of work

6 March 2018, 18:30-20:30 [Free]
3 Carlton House Terrace, London 

Disruptive technologies - including automation, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things - offer enticing possibilities for the future. Some of us may look forward to a world where machines are responsible for the dangerous, repetitive and arduous tasks increasing our productivity and freeing our time to explore new opportunities. Meanwhile, others may face potential job loss or the need to re-skill.

Register for the event to explore this new world of engineering opportunities 
Women in STEM Wikithon

7 March 2018, 14:00-18:00 [Free]

Imperial College, London

This Women in STEM Wikithon celebrates some of the brilliant people who deserve a more prominent place in the online historical record. Find out about inspirational scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, then develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web to share your knowledge. Complete beginners and experienced editors are both welcome to attend and training is provided for anyone new to editing.

Future Female Engineers

9 March 2018, 11:30-19:00 [FREE travel costs reimbursed]
ARUP HQ, London

Exclusive networking event for female students studying STEM subjects to build their professional network, practise soft skills and meet recruiters on the lookout for female talent. Students will hear from recent graduates, current recruiters and senior female engineers who will give them an insight into application processes and what it's like to be in the engineering sector.

Find out more and apply here
International Women's Day Celebration
11 March 2018, 14:00-17:00 [£5, students £2]
Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead

Local Soroptimist International Clubs invite you to join them to celebrate International Women's Day , to learn about some of the issues faced by women over the last 100 years to now and to raise awareness of the work that women's organisations are doing.  This year also sees the 100th Anniversary of women getting the vote. The theme of the Conference is: "What Have We Achieved?".   

To book your place, email: maidenheadiwd2018@gmail.com
Funny Women Awards Charity Final 

12 March 2018, 19:30 [£21.25]
Duchess Theatre, London

The show is a signature event during UN Women's  HeForSheArts Week  which is celebrated annually and this year globally from 8-15 March. HeForShe has the ambition to remove the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls achieving their potential.
Ofcom Women's Network presents:  
Closing the gender gap in engineering
15 March 2018, 18:00-20:00 [Free]
IET, Savoy Place, London 

Communications engineering is helping to shape our future world. But the evolution of technology is impacted by a workforce shortage in engineering, with low levels of female representation, despite awareness of how diversity can positively impact organisations. Ofcom are hosting an interactive session where you'll hear panellists from Ofcom and other organisations discuss how they can help to close the gender gap.
More Upcoming Events

To find out more about these previously advertised events visit the WES website:
  • 4 March 2018, #March4Women Sunday
  • 6 March 2018, Women in Construction Summit
  • 9-10 March 2018, INWES-Europe in Lisbon
  • 19-22 March 2018, Space Mission Operations Course (SMOC) 2018
  • 25 April 2018, Institute of Physics one-day meeting: Women Physicists in the Nuclear Industry
  • 16 May 2018, Building Resilience in Further Education and Skills
  • 23 June 2018, International Women in Engineering Day 2018
MoreNewsMore News
#PressforProgress on International Women's Day

Worldwide, groups will  #PressforProgress on International Women's Day, 8 March. Check out the IWD website for brilliant resources like  Selfie Cards,  IWD Widget, IWD posters and more. Leaders around the world are submitting Influencer Statements and groups are busy promoting  IWD events and activity. How are you celebrating International Women's Day? 
And then, get ready for International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June -  #INWED18!
Year of Engineering

The week of the 15-19 January 2018 saw the launch of the Year of Engineering campaign to change perceptions, inspire young people and celebrate engineering achievements and role models in every corner of the UK. 

The Year of Engineering is a chance for young people, their parents and teachers to take a closer look at engineering, with hundreds of partners offering opportunities to come face to face with engineering experiences and role models.

To find out what's happening, visit yearofengineering.gov.uk or search #YoE on Twitter.
Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme

The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme is offered in four key disciplines: Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Process Operations and Instrumentation and Control Maintenance. The programme commences in September and is currently open for applications. It is split into two stages; apprentices will spend time at college (Aberdeen or Edinburgh) and on the worksite with a sponsoring company, where they will receive expert on-the-job training.

Apply to become an RAEng Visiting Professor
Each year, the Royal Academy of Engineering awards at least 20 Visiting Professor posts to UK Universities. This industry-into-academia initiative aims to use the experience of the Visiting Professors to enhance student learning, as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

Visiting Professors participate in course development, face-to-face teaching and mentoring of engineering undergraduates at the host university for at least 12 days a year for three years.

Apply here before 3 April 2018
Nominate your unsung heroine

To mark International Women's Day, LEAD is to run a special feature, showcasing women who go above and beyond the call of duty - those who deserve a little recognition and thanks.

Has your female boss transformed your organisation? Do you know a woman breaking the mold in a male-dominated industry? Have you got a younger female colleague who is a rising star? Nominees can work in any type of job, in any sector and be of any age or seniority. The only criteria is that they identify as women and that they set an excellent example to others.

If you know a brilliant, talented, hard-working, supportive woman who deserves to be celebrated send in your nominations before 23 February 2018
Best Practice Awards

2018 Working Families Best Practice Awards open for entries.
Showcase and celebrate your achievements by entering your flexible/agile working, work life and parent/carer support initiatives for the Working Families' Best Practice Awards. Tell us how your policies and practices are helping to build a flexible and employee-friendly working culture for all; how you are offering additional support to parents and carers; and how your initiatives are supporting career progression and increasing gender diversity and equality in your workforce.

The Award Categories:
Best for Mothers Best for Flexible Recruitment Carers UK Best for Carers and Eldercare
Best for Fathers Best for Diverse Families Best Family Network
Best Innovation Best for Embedded Flexibility Best Flexible Working Initiative
Best Employer Best for Line Manager Support Government Equalities Office Best Returner Programme
More information and register for the awards here
Exciting time for women engineers

With AECOM's launch of a Career Returners Programme for STEM professionals, and a strong focus on women engineers via University of Sheffield's Year of the Engineer Campaign - women engineers are in big demand by employers. From a young age STEM is drawing interest. Excitingly, of the 575 teams recently competing at the Northrop Grumman UK Cyber Defence Competition, CyberCenturion, 116 were all-female teams. Great progress, and it's being celebrated at www.wherewomenwork.com
Engineering Today: the Supply and Demand for Engineers in the UK

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board report analyses secondary data collected from a range of sources to study the characteristics, demographics and education levels of the engineering workforce, from engineers, to technicians and the skilled trades. In addition, the report looks at the future demand and the extent to which the UK has a shortage of engineers. Unlike previous ECITB reports, this study considers the wider labour market for engineers, not just engineers employed in the engineering construction industry.

BBC One Documentary

The BBC are making a landmark documentary for BBC One that will mark 100 years of women getting the right to vote in the UK. Anne Robinson will meet British people from across the social spectrum to explore how far we've come along the road to equality. They are keen to explore the pay gap and whether women feel confident negotiating pay or asking for a pay rise.  Do you have a pay review coming up and would like to ask for a pay increase, or a job interview where you'd like to negotiate your pay, or maybe you'd just like to have the confidence to ask your boss for more money!

If you would like to take part email whatwomenwant@wildpictures.co.uk or call 0207 428 5620
Votes for Women

On 6 February 1918 the UK Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act which reformed voting rights and gave some women the vote for the first time. Royal Mail have issued a set of eight stamps that document some of the campaign activities and public actions undertaken by the women who campaigned tirelessly to win the vote.   

The stamps are available online and from Post Offices nationwide.
Royal Holloway University of London shortlist 4 women after whom their new science building will be named

The new building will be home to their new electronic engineering department. Students & staff made naming suggestions last year including WES's own Beatrice Shilling  and the winner will be announced in late spring. 
WESPartnersWES Partners News
We would like to thank the following Partners renewing with WES for another year: FM Global and SSE both renewing as Company Partner Plus partners sponsoring #INWED18. We are also delighted that Matchtech is renewing as a Company Partner; with Heriot-Watt University and  The Open University both renewing as Education Partners too. 
We would like to thank all our Partners for their continuing support of WES.

WESOutAboutWES Out and About
  • 12 January, KidZania meeting, London, Adriana Vargas-Colwill represented WES 
  • 17 January, Cyber Careers Event, London, attended by Jay Surti
  • 17 January, Vote100 Centenary Action Group, Houses of Parliament, London, attended by Ceryl Evans
  • 17-18 January, Leadership Conference for Women in Energy, London, Kirsten Bodley was on the panel
  • 18 January, KidZania Careers Fair, London, Yasmin Ali was a speaker and Virginia Ruiz and Sarah Clayton represented WES
  • 18 January, Warwick University Degree Apprenticeship 2nd Workshop, Warwick, Dr Sarah Peers represented WES 
  • 19 January, WES London Cluster meeting, London
  • February, Talent2030 competition, London, Petra Gratton was a judge
  • 1 February, Online Careers Fair - Finding Ada 
  • 7 February, International Day of Women and Girl in Science, University of Bristol, Kate Mactear was a speaker
  • 12 February, Meet the Stemette event, BAE Farnborough, Alessandra Treviso was on the panel
  • 19 February, SWE Corporate Workshop to be hosted at Caterpillar in Peterborough, Dr Sarah Peers will be representing WES
  • 20 February, London Cluster Group meeting hosted by Arup
  • 27 February, Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting, House of Commons, London, to be attended by Dawn Childs, Jo Strange and Ursula Heng
  • 5 March, League of Jewish Women, London, Emily Spearman to speak on behalf of WES
  • 6 March, Women in Construction Summit, London, Benita Mehra will be a speaker
  • 7 March, Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture, Loughborough University, Jess Wade will give the lecture
  • 8 March, International Women's Day
  • 8 March, Energy UK Breakfast Briefing: Women in Energy and STEM, Kirsten Bodley will be on the panel
  • 8 March, In Conversation: Getting Girls Into Science, Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, Jess Wade will be on the panel
  • 9-10 March, the First General Assembly of INWES-Europe, to be attended by Roseni Dearden and Dr Sarah Peers, WES Directors
  • 9-11 March, INWES-Europe annual events in Lisbon, Portugal,to be attended by Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Sophie Hutchins, Roseni Dearden and Sarah Peers 
  • 19 March, INWES Workshop "Women in STEM as a business case for a better society", World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018, Geneva, Switzerland, Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli and Sarah Peers will be on the panel
  • 19 March, The South Wales Institute of Engineers Education Trust's 58th William Menelaus Memorial Lecture, to be attended by Milada Williams
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