September 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the September 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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WES Annual Student Conference 2020 Goes Virtual

This year's Student Conference event will take place online on Friday 20 November 2020. The event is aimed primarily at female engineering and allied undergraduates aged 18 & over. 

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'. The online sessions will enable students to learn and hone useful personal and career development skills at this critical time in the jobs market.

Event details are currently being finalised and will be released shortly. In the meantime, reserve your individual place or (if you represent a university) places for your students by getting in touch with us at
Women to Watch 2020 - Dr Emma Taylor

Congratulations to WES Member and WE50 Award winner Dr Emma Taylor on her inclusion in the Women to Watch 2020, a supplement compiled by Cranfield University's School of Management to highlight the impressive talent pool of female business leaders and board members of the future. 

The Women to Watch 2020 is launched alongside the Female FTSE Board Report, an annual analysis of women on boards. 
WES Partner Webinars

Simon Fanshawe
The Power of Difference in STEM - Simon Fanshawe
13 October 2020 

Writer, broadcaster and D&I speaker Simon Fanshawe OBE will be hosting a Session for WES in October, exclusively for our Partners. He will give a short key note which will be followed by a practical Q&A where Partners can explore how to achieve significant change in the diversity of their staff. His approach is to frame diversity as a talent strategy to achieve the goals that your organisation, institution or team has set. The power that difference brings is to enhance the science, the research and the implementation of projects and programmes in society so that STEM affects people's lives more positively.

Partner News

RAENG Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

 The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a series of workshops to celebrate National Inclusion Week. They are designed to assist any project or functional team working in an engineering environment in identifying how and why they should work together more inclusively. 
The team workshops were developed by practising engineers and diversity and inclusion specialists from a diversity and inclusion action group and are one of the final resources developed in response to recommendations from the Academy's 'Creative Cultures where all engineers thrive' report. They are designed to be run by any team leader or manager with comprehensive guidance notes provided. Professional training or diversity and inclusion qualifications are not required to run the sessions. 
Other resources include an Inclusive cultures toolkit and Majority Allies resource. If you want to find out more contact:
Leaders Plus Fellowship

Are you expecting a baby, are currently on maternity/shared parental leave, have recently returned to work or have children who are in primary school? If YES, then apply now for the award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme. 

The Leaders Plus Fellowship is a 9-month, cross-sector programme enabling parents with babies and young children to accelerate their careers whilst still enjoying their young families. Fellows have access to training, workshops, top mentors, a fantastic support network and a host of online events where babies are always welcome. 

You can find out more here. Deadline 15 October 2020.
If you are a Partner and want to share your initiatives with the WES network, please contact Is your organisation doing amazing work but not yet a WES Partner? Get in touch and we can talk about the packages available 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?
Thank you to those members who have volunteered to help transcribe the Verena Holmes diaries. We have thirteen people working hard deciphering Verena's handwriting. We had a fantastic virtual meet up earlier this month, where we shared advice, snippets of the diaries and discussed plans on how to make the life of this amazing woman available to the wider world.
If you attended our INWED Wikithon on 24 June (or any of our other Wikithons) and were inspired to research a woman engineer and write or edit an article for Wikipedia, but haven't quite 
Screenshot from Centenary Youtube video
got there yet, why not join our follow-up session on Friday 2 October. Wikimedians will be able to offer advice and support on getting your article published. Book your place here
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.
New Podcast series from WES UGB Member

Anashwara Shankar, WES University Groups Board member from the University of Nottingham has created a podcast which aims to give younger students (aged 14-18) an idea of the different career options in STEM. She wants to inspire them to study STEM as well to try and promote diversity within the industry. The podcast is called "Barely Professional" and is an  informal chat with a range of different people in the STEM field. The podcast is available here and can also be found on Spotify.
WES Early Careers Board 

Caitlin McCall
YouTube Video Update 

The #WESECBProfile YouTube series continues this month with the spotlight on our newly joined board member Caitlin McCall, Printed Electronics Engineering Doctorate at the University of Swansea. The film delves into Caitlin's childhood experiences, inspirations, and how she achieved her ambition to become a Chartered Engineer. 

To discover more about Caitlin's expertise and applications watch the full film here. Be the first to know about our future releases, visit & subscribe to our channel here.
#WESLottieTour 2020 

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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.
News from our Clusters

WES Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire Cluster Meeting
13 October, webinar, 18.30 

WES Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire are hosting a virtual Cluster meeting 13 October 18:30. During the virtual meeting there will be introductions for new members, opportunities to get involved with the Cluster and discussions about upcoming events. 

Please contact to register and receive meeting details.  
WES 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
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 
Women in Business Expo Virtual
14-15 October

The Women in Business Expo has gone virtual. 

You'll be able to access 60 seminars from business leaders, 1-2-1 meetings with leading companies, opportunity to attend roundtables with top employers recruiting talent and offering business services, and much more. Click here to buy your ticket
Free webinar series : Prepare for impact

Are you a professional woman finding it hard to thrive in a male-dominated environment? Leadership expert, Alison Reid, is running a 3-part webinar series for professional women this autumn to help you increase your confidence, change your impact and take your career to the next level. 

Starting on 30 September, Alison will help you manage your mind for success, have difficult conversations, and give you strategies to stop nerves hijacking your impact when it matters.
Find out more and register here.
Engineering Council Registration Fees Frozen

Engineering Council registration fees will be frozen for 2021, with no increase from 2020.
Mindful of the significant economic pressures on companies and registrants, the Engineering Council and EngineeringUK have agreed an approach to manage both organisations with the same combined fee income as 2020. This means the fee structure remains unchanged, with reduced annual fees available for registrants experiencing financial hardship. For more information please have a look here

Women in STEM: Process Industries

This webinar is part of the Women in STEM series of lectures, talks and panels organised jointly by the Lit and Phil, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Women's Engineering Society, Palace of Science, the Institute of Physics, and the Institution of Civil Engineers. The aim of these events is to celebrate the amazing work done by women in the North East in their area of STEM. This event is hosted by IChemE Tyneside.

The speakers will be Alison Couley, an Associate Consultant within the AECOM Air Quality, and Laura Jack who has recently become a Chartered Chemical Engineer. 

For more details have a look here. To register please go here.
New Podcast Series from IMechE

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has launched a new podcast series. 

On the first Monday of each month they will be posting a new themed episode with news, interviews and stories from around the world, hosted by Chartered Engineer and IMechE member Dr Helen Meese. You can listen to the podcast here
Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers. View it 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 

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