October 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the October edition of the WES newsletter. 
In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month. 
We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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WESUpdatesWES Update and Events
WES Annual Student Conference 2020 Goes Virtual

Friday 20th November 2020: BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW

Booking is now OPEN for this year's WES Student Conference, which will take place entirely online on Friday 20 November 2020.

Until 31 October, a special Early Bird discounted conference price of £10.50* per person (standard price: £15.00*) applies: quote coupon code WES2020 at payment page. *prices inclusive of VAT
Early booking is advised as demand for places is high and we have a limit on online capacity. Advance registration is required to attend.  

Download the full programme from the WES website and book and pay for your place on the conference platform here

During these unprecedented times, this event seeks to inspire students with talks, conversations, webinars, panel sessions and online 'meeting spaces' focusing on the theme 'Shape the World'. Along with key industry leaders and expert speakers, the online sessions will enable students to learn and hone useful personal and career development skills at this critical time in the employment market.

Universities and Employers:
Where capacity allows, you can book and pay for a group of student places: to take up this option, please contact Sarah Yates, Conference Coordinatot at sarah.yates@wes.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you online!
WES Members and the Birthday Honours List 2020

Congratulations to the following WES Members who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours Lists 2020. Congratulations to all you amazing women for your outstanding achievements and contributions in engineering and STEM.



Officers of the Order of the British Empire OBE

  • Professor Catherine Jane NOAKES. Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds. For services to the Covid-19 response
  • Dr Carol MARSH. Deputy Head of Electronics Engineering, Leonardo. For services to Diversity and Inclusion in Electronic Engineering

Members of the Order of the British Empire MBE

  • Sarah Louise HASLAM. Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd. For services to Engineering and the Promotion of STEM Careers for Women
WES Partner News

Upcoming Webinars - Open to the public

This webinar will host Amit Kotecha from the Capability & Development Team at Network Rail. Find out more about why Network Rail is committed to delivering a national 'early engagement' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach programme, bringing role models into the lives of young people and their influencers, to show them the diversity of career opportunities in rail.

The session will then be followed with Jane Atkinson, Engineering and Automation Executive Director for Bilfinger UK Limited who will be discussing: A Practitioners Guide to Leadership. 

To book please go here
If you are a Partner and want to share your initiatives with the WES network, please contact partners@wes.org.uk. Is your organisation doing amazing work but not yet a WES Partner? Get in touch and we can talk about the packages available partners@wes.org.uk or call Beatrice Pryor (Partnerships Manager) on: 07742 933238.
WES Centenary Trail Project News

The NHLF Centenary Trail project has been given an extension until the end of Feb 2021, so that gives us even more chance to put more women engineers on the Centenary Trail Map. Does your favourite past engineer have a place in on our map yet?
Centenary YouTube video

We have also launched a Centenary YouTube Channel, where we bring to life some of our remarkable engineers see Victoria Drummond talk of her exploits on the Bonita, or listen to one of Verena Holmes' letters about WES's First International 
Women in Science, Industry and Commerce Conference held in 1925.
WES Early Careers Board 

WES Early Careers Board
This October, WES Early Careers Board (ECB) continue their STEM outreach projects virtually and will be adding new content to the STEM Challenge YouTube Playlist, featured on their channel.

Hoping to appeal to all quiz masters, engineers and scientists, the group will complete a variation of tasks and compete against each other, WES Members and special guests. 

To discover WES ECB's existing catalogue of STEM Challenges watch hereBe the first to know about our future releases, visit & subscribe to our other social media channels: Twitter and Instagram
#WESLottieTour 2020 

Lottie in space_
There's still time to sign up for #WESLottieTour 2020! The WES Early Careers Board is organising its fifth #WESLottieTour this year for Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2020, to show how varied and exciting it is to work in engineering! Last year we had over 170 engineers involved, taking photos of Lottie at work, but we'd love this number to grow even more this year! 

We're proud to announce the 2020 #WESLottieTour is being sponsored by GKN Automotive. This year we have also launched an exciting new website for the WES Lottie Tour so take a look at what Lottie got up to last year. 

Sign up for the #WESLottie Tour by clicking here and filling out the form. 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.
WES University Groups Board - Podcast Generation

The student groups are busy spreading the engineering love with two separate, but fantastic podcasts released last month. Anashwara Shanker, Aerospace Engineer and President of Nottingham University WES and UGB member hosts Barely Professional a podcast that inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers through informal chat with a range of different guests in the STEM field. Both the UGB Chair Helena Dodd and Student Liaison Officer Jennifer Glover have been featured in recent episodes which can be found here

Coventry University WES has released WES Chit Chat a podcast exploring life at university discussing anxiety, dating, confessions and much more. Have a listen here 

Congratulations to both new projects.
WES Cluster News 

London Cluster Webinars

At WES we are committed to improving our engineering knowledge during lockdown the WES London Cluster launched a series of webinars - and now we're back for a second series!

These webinars are presented by WES London members to all WES members. It's a great opportunity to practice your virtual presentation skills in a safe environment. We've had some great presentations so far and learnt so much about the varying work the women in WES are doing. It's been very interesting and we would love for you to join us. Alongside the technical webinars we also have two sessions on soft skills, on goal setting and confidence in the workplace.

For joining details please email us at londoncluster@wes.org.uk
WES Hertforshire & Bedfordshire Cluster Virtual Meeting
Tuesday 24 November 18:30

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire Cluster are hosting a follow up virtual meeting on 24 November. The newly formed committee are hosting the virtual meeting via Zoom including introductions for members, a special guest seminar, and plan for the end of year virtual cluster celebrations.

Please email hertsandbeds@wes.org.uk with the subject including 'Virtual Cluster Meeting' to register your interest and receive the meeting details. 

WES South Coast Cluster

WES South Coast, in collaboration with the Southampton University's Women in Engineering Society, are currently looking for people who might be willing to do online technical talks or to be panellists in online talks for the University's society members. 

If anyone is interested please contact @WES Hants and Dorset HantsandDorset@wes.org.uk.
WES and Covid-19 

WES is continuing to operate during the changing times and has moved its events online.  WES Members all over the country are able to join the excellent technical webinars run by the London Cluster and the Scottish Cluster, with other Clusters hosting virtual gatherings too.  

View the schedule for the technical webinars, find out about other events run by WES Clusters and how being part of WES can help you during the COVID-19 crisis click here.

JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
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.

Eleanor Yong Procrastination 
Eleanor Yong Moana
Events Other News 
IET Web Forum

The IET has launched a web forum for Women in Engineering where questions can be submitted to the community anonymously. The IET has invited WES Members or Supporters to contribute to the forum. 

You can find the forum here. You are able to read the posts without an account, but if you want to post or reply, you will need to set up an account. Click on "log in" and the registration directions will be there.
Promoting STEM by Engineering Together

Engineering Together is a group of engineering institutions and bodies, including WES Tyne and Tees, working together to promote engineering in all its forms.

Engineering Together would like our website visitors to see the full range of engineering and engineers.  Aspiring engineers and scientists need to 'see people like them' to get them interested and set them on a career in STEM. WES Members can help. Let's flood the internet with positive role models. 

You can enter the competition by sending photos of you on your own or with friends / family doing one of our STEM activities or help by contributing to the website in anyway; blogs, YouTube, role model profiles, or something else. You can win monthly prizes with extra special Amazon voucher prizes awarded at the end of the year.  What have you got to lose?  Have a look at the website here

Practical Action Solar Challenge

Looking for a resource to help teach electricity at KS2 or KS3? Check out Practical Action's updated Solar challenge. Your pupils will explore how circuits work and make decisions about how best to use solar cells in a village in Zimbabwe. 
Links to the curriculum can be found here 
Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers. View it here. View a list of virtual events available to WES Members in the Members Area of the website here.
Partner WES Partners

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: partners@wes.org.uk
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