July 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the July 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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2019 Engineering Census

During our Centenary Year WES is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. 

Please help us by taking part and inviting other engineers (both women and men) to share their views. The social media hashtag is #EngineeringCensus.

The survey can be taken here
WES Student Conference
The 2019 WES Student Conference takes place 8-9 November at Warwick University.
The conference supports young women to progress in engineering and allied sectors by providing access to employer perspectives, development opportunities and networking. The annual two-day event brings together students, academics and early-mid career engineers and colleagues to explore pathways to technical leadership.
For more information take a look at our  website. Please register your interest to attend with  jo.weaver@wes.org.uk and contact  partners@wes.org.uk for any sponsorship enquiries.

Nominations open for the WES Awards
We are seeking nominations from those who have gone 'above and beyond' their work remit or role to improve diversity within engineering and applied sciences in general.

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award , launched in 2016, honours an individual who is currently working in a non-engineering role who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering diversity within engineering and applied sciences. This award serves to recognise the efforts of an individual in inspiring more women to enter and/or remain in the engineering and technical professions. Click here to apply
With men holding the majority of roles within engineering and applied sciences, it is crucial that they are involved in making the cultural changes needed to attract and retain women in engineering and applied sciences. The  Men as Allies Award    seeks to celebrate a male engineer, or other professional male working within the engineering, technical and applied science sectors, who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences in general.  Click here to apply
Heritage Open Days
The WES Centenary Trail is working with Heritage Open Days to bring the story of women in engineering to life. 

Are you passionate about a women's engineering story you think should be told? Are you able to host a 'behind the scenes' tour or give a talk at your place of work between 13 and 22 September? If so, please contact Helen Close at helen.close@wes.org.uk for more information.

Don't delay! Heritage Open Days events need to be registered on their site by 1st August.
100 Years of Women in Engineering Timeline 

To celebrate 100 years of women in engineering Magnificent Women Engineers are developing a timeline display to tell the stories of our magnificent women engineers. A series of pop up banners, containing the 100 year timeline, will be displayed in a number of prominent places including the Science Museum, the upper corridors of Parliament, universities, and engineering institutions. 

If you would like to sponsor one of these banners telling the story of a particular woman engineer, group of engineers, or time period, then please get in touch with Dawn Bonfield at  dawnbonfield@btitnernet.com.

Blue Plaque for Aeronautical Engineer Hilda Lyon

On 27 June a blue plaque was placed for WES Member and pioneering engineer Hilda Lyon . On graduating at the end of WW1 she went straight into the aeronautical industry. She became a renowned specialist in structural analysis, working on the design of the R101 airship, as well as becoming an expert in streamlining.

Hilda Lyon was an active member of the Women's Engineering Society and gave a talk to the society describing her work and life as an 'adventure in aeronautical design'. She died at the age of 50, but was warmly remembered by colleagues as a meticulous engineer who would have achieved even more had she lived longer.

WES Centenary Trail Map Launches

We launched the WES Centenary Map on our one hundredth birthday - 23 June 2019.  The WES Centenary Map showcases Wikipedia entries about historical women engineers as map pins. The Wikipedia and Wikidata pages the map is based on are being generated by volunteers, trained and engaged through Wikithons around the country, supported by research into the WES and other archives. The map will change and develop as entries in Wikipedia and Wikidata evolve, and we plan to have 200 map pins by May 2020. As this is a history project we only feature women engineers who are no longer alive.
We are posting daily stories of women engineers from the past 100 years  @WESCentenary  on Twitter or  @wes_centenary  on Instagram with hashtag #WES100. Contact Helen Close, Centenary Trail Project for more details.
WES Centenary Women

Annette Ashberry (1894 - 1990) worked on  munitions  during WWI and in the Galloway Engineering Company's female staffed Tongland factory, becoming Secretary of their Branch of the  Women's Engineering Society  in 1919. She studied for a BSc in engineering at Loughborough Technical College and in 1920 founded Atalanta Ltd with  Rachel Parsons Caroline Haslett  and others. In 1922 Ashberry won a WES prize for the design of a dishwasher and obtained her first patent for a vegetable peeler. In 1925, she became the first woman elected to the  Society of Engineers  and delivered the first address by a woman to them in 1926.

By 1937, Atalanta had closed and Ashberry started a business producing miniature gardens in window boxes. She became known as Anne Ashberry, exhibiting at  Chelsea Flower Shows The Festival of Britain Exhibition , on television and publishing 7 books. Her new Wikipedia page was created at a recent Wikithon and she features on the WES Centenary Trail map.
News from our WES Members 

WES London Cluster

The London Cluster
London Social - 31 July 2019
Come along to our summer gathering on July 31  at the London Science Museum. We will be attending the Science Museum Late 'Space!' and there'll also be a chance to talk and network during the evening. 

If you'd like to join us, please email us at  weslondoncluster@gmail.com  
WES Scotland Cluster 

Our WES Scotland Centenary Schools competition received over 80 entries from across the country. The standard of entries were incredibly high and we had a tough time judging them! Congratulations to our winners from  Finley Primary, Dundee;  Dunbearney Primary, Bridge of Earn;  East Calder Primary, West Lothian;  Chapleton Primary, South Lanarkshire;  Prestwick Academy, Ayrshire; and  Douglas Academy, Dumbarton. 

Centenary Celebrations
  In June WES Scotland met at the Falkirk Wheel for our 100th anniversary family picnic. This year included a fascinating lecture by Anne Madsen and a wonderful Centenary birthday cake made by Philippa Ayton.
We also teamed up with RAF Engagement in Scotland for a centenary celebration tour of RAF Lossiemouth. Members travelled from across Scotland to meet 1st Squadron for the opportunity to sit in a Eurofighter Typhoon; have a go in a flight simulator; visit the Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility and have a celebration lunch with female engineers from across the station.
WES Young Members' Board 

Lottie Tour
WES is organising its fourth #LottieTour this year for Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2019! Last year we had over 150 engineers involved taking photos of Lottie at work, but we'd love to involve even more this year. Our theme for 2019 to celebrate the WES Centenary is 'Then and Now'. We will be posting photos to illustrate how engineering has changed 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're just about to start sending Lotties out so sign up now!
WES University Groups Board (UGB)

The academic year as come to an end and we can look back on a fantastic first year for the WES University Groups Board. The UGB has given the student voice a platform within WES and helped foster relationships between universities. It has also led to new student group relationships and events. Thanks to all the 18/19 members of the UGB for all your hard work and good luck to the next committee.
For more information or to reach out to affiliated student groups email  students@wes.org.uk .

JobsWES Jobs

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TiredTired Engineer in Training
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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Make The Future Live
The Make The Future Live  festival welcomed students from all over the UK to get inspired, and start thinking about their future careers. During the event two key activities took place including the Shell Eco-marathon Competition and The Big Assembly . The festival's live stream featured several engineers from different industries including chemical, civil, aerospace and more, highlighting there isn't just one direction to a career in engineering. 

The panel included WES member Kim Everitt who shares her experience and discusses the opportunities within engineering. The stream is now available to view on demand and to get inspired here !
Funding of up to £1,000 for engineering sector women available  

Funding of up to £1,000 for engineering   sector women available
Women & 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 one of two leadership development programs: Leading Edge (for junior and aspiring leaders and managers) and Executive Ready (for mid-level leaders and managers). 

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday 2 August 2019. 
IET Diversity Campaign Launch
International Women in Engineering Day saw the launch for the IET's Diversity Campaign.  To accompany the campaign the IET also launched earlier this month #LGBTSTEMDay to continue the efforts in striving for a more inclusive and balanced engineering industry. 

To find out more about the full campaign and the engineers featured in the video check out the IET website link here .
The Sacred Year 1919: Women and the Profession
1 May - 8 September 2019, Library Gallery, LSE Library, London

The Sacred Year 1919 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This act enabled women to enter most professions and professional bodies for the first time. However, not all professions were opened by the Act; equality would take years of campaigning to achieve.

This exhibition celebrates pioneering women who first entered male-dominated professions such as law, accountancy, the Church, the sciences, the arts and engineering!

On display are archives, objects, posters and banners which chart this journey in those early years. The Women's Engineering Society and Caroline Haslett are featured in the displays. For more details go here.
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: info@wes.org.uk.  

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