May 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the May 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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INWED 2019

Just one month until to INWED 2019. We are excited to see celebrations being organised across the globe- from Canada, Panama, Rwanda to Hong Kong!
Are you organising an #INWED19 event/ activity? We would love to hear about it! Please fill out the event notification form here.
Join us in our social media campaign  at  12 noon GMT Sunday 23 June 2019 to get #INWED trending! To find out how you can be involved visit our  Let's Get #INWED Trending page.

If you have any questions please contact
WES Centenary Lunch
23 June 2019, Ognisko Restaurant, London

Held on the date that WES was officially created in 1919, this lunch for WES members to mark WES' centenary will be held at Ognisko, the Polish Club in Kensington, London. Tickets will cost in the region of £70. To book tickets for this Centenary celebration please email Grazyna Whapshott at, stating how many tickets you would like.
Glasgow Science Festival 2019
12 June 2019, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

It is over a century since women were first able to become engineers. Many of the first women were not merely pioneering a new career for females but also making important contributions to engineering in the UK.  

As part of the WES Centenary celebrations historian and WES member Dr Nina Baker shares some of the terrific stories about amazing women from her years of research into these hidden histories. For more details have a look a the website here. Nina has also been the powerhouse behind the Engineer of the Week series and the website Magnificent Women   - do have a look to find out more about our wonderful history.
WES Centenary Women: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

In support of WES' Centenary, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography have added four new biographies recording the lives of four of the early generation of women engineers:

The four women engineering sit alongside 25 women from the early modern period incl udi ng a court jester, a prophetess a military leader, book collectors, a royal consort and a notorious  adulteress.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century and holds over 60,000 biographies.  Some biographies are locked but yo u can log in with your local library card.  These entries follow on from a previous release of biographies about women connected to WES and engineering in July 2018 .

WES Council Nominations
Nominations for the WES Council will open in early July.  

Further information will be distributed to members in due course.
News from our WES Members 

WES London Cluster

The London Cluster
Summer Social
The WES London Cluster is organising an informal social in central London for members to come, network and celebrate this special year! More details will be published in next month's newsletter. 

Finance Education Event with St James' Place
Morrinson Wealth Management, part of St. James' Place Wealth Management, has contacted us to offer a free session for up to 30 women to do a session on financial education and complimentary one-on-ones with financial advisors.  The event will only be open to WES members and is planned for the evening of  9 September 2019 An Eventbrite invite will follow during the summer, but please contact  if you are interested. 
Celebrating 100 years of WES (Merseyside and Wirral)

On 11 July the WES Wirral and Merseyside cluster will be holding its centenary event on the theme of the 'past, present and future' at EA Technology in Capenhurst Technology Park.  The event is free to attend.

We will hear from WES Trustee Sally Sudworth, the first female fellow in ICE Wales, WES fellow and chartered engineer and environmentalist about early WES pioneers and also about techniques for thinking about and managing our future. Dr Allison Gardner lecturer in Bioinformatics and Co-founder of Women Leading in AI will deliver a speech and Q & A session about bias & diversity in Artificial Intelligence particularly in relation to how it has affected and affects gender equality.  

Register here.
WES Young Members' Board 

WES 100 Violets: an Interactive Engineering Exhibition 

The WES Young Member's Board has been successful in securing funding for a new project from the Royal Academy of Engineering through their Ingenious grant. The project will provide engineers with the opportunity and funding to design and make an exhibit based on 100 violets - this could be a game, model, information board, physical or computer based - which celebrates an area of engineering or research that they feel the public needs to know more about. They will then receive public engagement training and have opportunities to share their exhibit with the public at exhibitions and events around the country, widening the perception and understanding of engineering amongst the general public and especially focusing on young people.

Applications will open in May and run until 31 August 2019. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and how to get involved, you can follow the project on Twitter @WES100Violets or email
WES University Groups Board (UGB)

Thursday 2 May saw the inaugural Loughborough University WES FEY Awards set up in honour of the WES Centenary. 

The winners and two runners up from each category were chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, professional commitment and contribution to the engineering community. In celebration of the centenary theme applicants had to remember the past with a poster of an inspirational women in engineering; celebrate the present with 500 words as to why they should win and transform the future with a CV or abstract of research work. 

Hannah Langridge won the best undergraduate award and Nicolette Formosa the postgraduate award.  Thanks goes to Caterpillar and IMechE young members Leicestershire for the prizes offered, and to Jennifer Glover chair of the UGB and Loughborough University WES who founded the FEY awards.
Calling all affiliated WES Groups

Applications are open for next year's UGB. Taking your place on the university board is a great opportunity to gain experience on a national board; raise the profile of your university group and network with other enthusiastic and inspiring people.

To apply email your CV and this completed  form  to The deadline is midnight  Friday 7 June.  All board applications must be current committee members of the affiliated WES group. For more information or any questions, please email .
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 Grumpy Maths
Eleanor Yong Aggressive Geese

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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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.
What Makes Physics Hard? Call out for Survey Responses

Elizabeth Crilly, a former Daphne Jackson Fellow and an avid supporter of WES is carrying out some research into the experience of learning and  'doing physics' . Elizabeth needs lots of returns for her analysis and is very keen to get feedback from those who did A level physics and then went on to do something else. She is also keen to hear from people who didn't get as high a grade as they should have or who underestimated their own ability in physics and engineering. 

Please complete or share this survey    with employers and educational institutions.
Gender Parity in Engineering Conference  
IET, Birmingham Conference Centre, Friday 21 June 2019

Timed to coincide with INWED (International Women in Engineering Day), the Gender Parity in Engineering conference is aimed at employers and other key stakeholders who are implementing change and creating gender diversity in the workplace.   

This one-day event will stage practical, interactive workshops, providing attendees with new solutions and best practice knowledge.
The IET continues to recognise the major challenges employers face to recruit and retain women in engineering and to encourage more girls into STEM. For more information and to book go here
Royal Academy of Engineering International Workshop
8-9 July 2019, London

In partnership with the  Lloyd's Register Foundation , the Royal Academy of Engineering will be holding an international workshop focusing on the decommissioning of offshore structures, including ships, & how the fundamental safety challenges in this area can be tackled globally. The workshop will be followed by a funding call for high-quality proposals aimed at addressing the challenges identified.
If you are interested in applying, please complete this  expression of interest form  o r contact  Hazel Ingham , the programme lead, for more information.

WEEF 2019 will provide a platform for the leaders of academics, administrators of Engineering education and industries to brainstorm and propose novel approaches to Engineering Education through disruptive technologies. 

WEEF 2019 invites abstracts/proposals for workshops for a possible oral presentation/poster presentation. 

For more details please visit the website here
19 June, Bournemouth & Poole College, Poole
A STEM CPD event for Careers Advisers, Teachers, STEM Leads and Enterprise Advisers to inspire young women to consider careers in STEM and to create STEM networks and opportunities for CPD. To book please go here.

Partner WES Partners news

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