September 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the September edition of the WES newsletter. 

In this month's newsletter we have all the latest WES updates, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news.

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Elizabeth Donnelly appointed as new WES CEO

The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Donnelly as its new Chief Executive Officer.  In her role, Elizabeth, who has a strong record of accomplishment in championing diversity in engineering, will continue to inspire women to succeed as engineers, scientists and leaders, while helping to support companies in strengthening gender diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Elizabeth commented, 'I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive at WES as we celebrate our centenary. I am really looking forward to working with our members, partners, other professional engineering institutions and the wider public to showcase the success of women engineers who have gone before us and those who will transform our future.'
To read the full press release please have a look at the WES website here

WES 'EngTech Ready' Apprentice Conference
Saturday 20 October 2018, EEF Technology Hub, Birmingham

FREE TO ATTEND - limited places

Engineering and construction can be challenging environments in which to train and work, and only 3% of apprentices in these fields are female. Thanks to funding from Arconic, the first-ever WES Apprentice Conference will take place on Saturday 20 October 2018, kindly hosted by EEF at their Training Hub in Aston, Birmingham.

Speakers from EEF, Engineering Council, SEMTA and other key professional organisations will be providing a dynamic mix of hands-on, interactive teamwork sessions along with advice on building your career and profile - and we'll hear from inspirational women engineers who started their careers as apprentices.

Open to: Female engineering apprentices aged 18 and above
For further details and how to book visit  engtech-ready-wes-2018

Mentoring - What does your organisation do? 

Earlier this month representatives from various WES Corporate Partners met for a lively conversation about mentoring, and how it's used in their organisations to support women in engineering careers. The meeting, facilitated by Past-president, Petra Gratton, was hosted by Transport for London at their Victoria Station House offices.
Experiences were wide-ranging from 'nothing happening at present, but we're thinking about it', through informal networks and single-purpose schemes to multi-stranded activity and nationally recognised schemes like Arora and UKNEST in the defence sector. 

All comments will be digested into a report, and be used to develop MentorSET Corporate, an extension of the current WES scheme. Keep an eye on the WES website for updates!

Call for sponsors: WES Student Conference 2018

Date: 23 - 24 November 2018
Location: Warwick University 
We are looking for sponsors to exhibit at the WES Student Conference.   A great opportunity to support future engineers and meet 150 female engineering undergraduates by exhibiting at the WES Student Conference. 

This is an annual two-day event, bringing together students, academics and early-mid career engineers & colleagues to explore career options and pathways to technical leadership.

'Why aren't there more women in science?' Podcast

WES Council Member Dr Jess Wade recently took part in the  Science Focus Podcast,  the weekly podcast from 
BBC Focus  magazine. 

Speaking alongside Dr Suzie Imber, Angela Saini and Dr Aoife Hunt, Jess looked to address why so few women are pursuing careers in science, the difficulties women face in the industry, and what can be done to get more students taking up scientific subjects.To find out more or to listen to the podcast please go  here.

WES London Cluster

Women in STEM Leadership Event
Jay Surti & Penny Williams

On Wednesday 5th September the WES London Cluster organised a sold out seminar on the theme of Women in STEM Leadership. Hosted by WES partner Arcadis, the event included empowering presentations from executive coach Penny Williams, and WES Council Member and leadership consultant Jay Surti. A lively networking session followed the event. For more information about the event see  here.
Committee Meetings - Search for Permanent Venue
The WES London cluster is searching for a permanent venue to host all our monthly meetings in 2019. If you think your company can support us please get in touch. We'd also like to thank Firstco (WES Corporate Partner) for hosting the WES London Cluster committee meeting on 29th September. 

If you're located in London or visiting the city, our meetings are open to all WES members. Our next meetings are on 3 October at AECOM and 1  November at the TFL offices. Meetings are open to all WES members.
London Social
Come join us at our end of summer social on 17 October! We'll be meeting for drinks and dinner close to Liverpool Street Station from around 8pm. Let us know if you want to join us - it will be a great opportunity to network with other female engineers. Send an email to
Do you want to join us at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award?
On December 6th the London Cluster Committee will be dressing up and representing WES at the IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards at the IET. If you would like to join us, or let us know you're attending so we can say hi, email us at .

WES Young Members' Board 

Limited availability for #LottieTour 2018!

WES has had a phenomenal response for #LottieTour 2018, with over 100 female  engine e rs borrowing a Lottie Doll from WES so they can take part! #LottieTour is a social media campaign for Tomorrow's Engineers Week, where engineers take Lottie dolls to work and post photos of their adventures on social media. Tomorrow's Engineers have covered the story here

We have limited availability of our dolls for loan; for more information and to sign up please go   here.

JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
Returners Schemes
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_ Hibernation (Click on image to open)
Eleanor Yong_ Lethal Phones (Click on image to open)

Events Upcoming Events
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2019 FDM everywoman in Tech Awards
Now in its ninth year, the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards will uncover and celebrate the most inspirational women working within STEM industries, demonstrating the vast range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer for women.

This year's theme will focus on celebrating female role models as well as male agents of change supporting the advancement of women to help inspire the next generation.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised then n ominate them today .For more information about the awards have a look at the website here
NECR conference 2018
NEC Birmingham, 30 November - 1 December 

The NECR conference offers the opportunity to meet industry-leading employers, as well as employability workshops and the Women in Engineering Forum. The latter takes place on Friday 30 November between 11:30 - 13:00 which includes a networking lunch. It's free to attend.

For more information about the NECR conference please  go  here
'Who Wants to be an Engineer?' Survey

WES has received a request from Natalie Martin, a student at Brunel University who is currently completing a distance learning MSc in Engineering Management. 

Her dissertation 'Who Wants To Be An Engineer' focuses on female engineers asking what originally motivated them to pursue engineering (and what still does); how they are retained/supported within the industry; and their views on the promotion prospects that exist for them in this exciting field. 

To take part in the survey please go here.
Parenting and Employment in Wales seminar

Hive the community for modern working, brings together employers from across the sectors in Wales to share 
knowledge, connect and network. 

In partnership with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff, ABM Women's Network and DTCC, Hive will be organising the seminar 'The Parenthood Penalty' - looking at how working parents are penalised for trying to combine work and family life. 

For more details about the event have a look here

This is Engineering Digital Campaign 

'This is Engineering' is a major campaign by the Royal Academy of Engineering to change perceptions of the profession. It will begin with a series of high-impact videos to challenge young people's views of engineering and highlight the role engineering plays in society. 

To see the films go to the This is Engineering website and please do share widely. 

Forward Ladies Survey

Workforce diversity in the STEM sector is a major challenge. In fact just 13% of the entire UK STEM workforce is female. How do we attract more girls and women into STEM? 

The Forward Ladies 2018 survey 'Bridging the Gap' looks to find answers to this questio n and wants to hear from you. 
For more information and to take part in the survey, which closes on the 25 September, please go  here
WindAid Peru Volunteer Programme

WindAid is a non-profit organisation focused on building wind turbines to provide clean and renewable energy solutions to some of the seven million Peruvians living without grid electricity, and directly affected by the increasing effects of climate change. They are currently recruiting for their WindAid programme. This four week volunteer programme offers an opportunity to learn about design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine and see its direct impact on rural families and communities. 

For more information about the programme have a look at the website.

Engineering Council Review

The Engineering Council is currently carrying out a five-yearly review of its Standards. A key purpose of the review is to ensure that the Standards remain fit-for-purpose as engineering and the wider world changes.
Consultation is central to this review and they are keen to hear from anyone, or any group, who has an interest in the Standards or how they work. Areas covered in the consultation include:
  • Key Principles
  • The UK Standard for Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)
  • Accreditation of higher education programmes
  • Approval of qualifications and apprenticeships
  • Proposals for the recognition of higher apprenticeships.
You can contribute by viewing and responding to the consultation, 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 

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