June 2017
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the June edition of the WES newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter we have a special feature on Graduate Opportunities, as well as updates on WES, INWED17, upcoming events, job postings and news from our partners. 

Job listings are found in the WES Jobs section below or you can click here.  

The Women's Engineering Society is committed to supporting women in engineering. Click through the following link for more information on  being a WES memberIt costs just a pound a week and helps us to do our work to inspire and support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders.
If you have any news you would like to share with WES, please email us on news@1919.wes.org.uk

Visit the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) website  #INWED17 #MenAsAllies.
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WES Updates and Events

NWED has become truly international with events to support International Women in Engineering Day 2017 taking place across the globe from Brazil to Basildon.  With only a few days to go, we hope you have planned events and activities to help support #INWED17. Click here to download the media kit that has been produced to help you promote the day internally and externally. Please do share your news by contacting Jemma at inwed@wes.org.uk with your details. 

Please help us spread the message on social media
WES Events for # INWED17

WES, in partnership with Colas, an INWED Sponsor, is holding a Breakfast Roundtable at the House of Commons hosted by Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh. Participants include Allan Cook (Chair, Atkins), Benita Mehra (WES President) and Caroline Gumble (COO, EEF). The debate will no doubt be lively and cover our theme of 'Men as Allies' in addition to other key areas for women in engineering.

The Telegraph, in partnership with the Women's Engineering Society (WES), and sponsors Scottish Power, Bechtel and BAE Systems have been seeking nominations for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 (WE50), to be announced on International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June 2017 in a supplement to the Telegraph national newspaper. There were well over 500 nominations and the quality was very high, making it difficult for the judges to choose the Top 50 list.

WES will be hosting an afternoon tea event (invitation only) to celebrate INWED and especially the WE50 on 23 June at One Great George Street. Following this, the Telegraph will be hosting an evening awards dinner celebration for the WE50 and the sponsors of the initiative at the Banking Hall in the City of London. An exciting day for all!
WES Annual Conference 2017

On Friday 12 May, WES held their Annual Conference at UCL in London. The conference theme was Get Connected: Empowering Women and Enriching Careers. Over 100 women and men from across the engineering and technical sector were in attendance, taking in the presentations and workshops. The day began with passionate talks from UCL Dean of Engineering Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker and Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Andrew Tyler; who both expressed a commitment to gender equality in engineering and embodying the #INWED17 theme, 'Men as Allies'.

Some sessions were focused on practical career issues, such as  flexible working and professional registration, whilst others saw women engineers reflecting on their own careers to offer personal advice on tackling difficult career decisions, such as changing industries. Throughout the day, the sessions were lively and interactive, with vibrant Q&A sessions, and energetic networking in-between. 

WES would like to thank our Event Partner BAE Systems, and UCL Centre for Engineering Education for hosting us. Overall, it was a fantastic day, and we are already looking forward to next year's event.
WES Appoint Operations Manager

Roz Hamilton has been appointed as the new WES Operations Manager.

Roz Hamilton has been Chief Executive of the Royal National Rose Society for 10 years. Prior to that she was a business consultant and also has significant banking experience. 

Roz, who started on Monday 12 June 2017,  will be a great asset to WES.
Apply to be part of WES Young Members' Board

WES YMB are currently recruiting three new members! You will join an enthusiastic team of early career engineers working on projects including #LottieTour and the design of a new poster to promote engineering to school girls. 

It is expected that members attend 4 meetings per year and are able to volunteer time to work on projects in-between meetings. They should have the support of their employer or university for time off to attend meetings and financial support for travel. This opportunity is open to anyone who defines themselves as "young" in the context of their engineering career. 

To apply, please send a CV, professional photograph and supporting statement from your company to ymb@wes.org.uk before 30 June 2017.

Do follow us on twitter  @YMB1919 and on Instagram  @wesymb.
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YMB at the WES Annual Conference 

YMB members Kate and Yasmin attended this years WES annual conference, entitled 'Get Connected'. Many high flying female engineers were present making it an inspirational day! 

Highlights included a talk by Madeleine Morgan entitled 'Confidence and Communication in Career Decision-Making' that went through the 7 things you need to be successful and tips from Tammy Simmons at the Engineering Council on how best to get chartered - part of the 'Registration and Chartership' talk. Kate and Yasmin chaired the 'When is a Good Time to Leave?' discussion by Dawn Elson which focused on her impressive career and what she has learnt over the years - the key message being to take charge of your career, and not sit back and wait for it to happen. 

Overall it was a very successful day and everyone left with some new contacts, as well as top career tips.
WES Heart of England Cluster Event

WES Heart of England Cluster visit to Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) scenic workshops

There are still a few places remaining for the visit to the scenic workshops of the RSC, Stratford-on-Avon on Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 2pm. The workshops are where the sets and props are made for RSC productions within the carpentry, metal fabrication, paint and props workshops. The workshops build the walls and floors for the sets, and also make temples, tombs, trees, boats, decapitated heads and headless corpses, severed hands, thrones and statues. The workshops are currently preparing for 'Venus and Adonis', 'Dido', 'Coriolanus', 'Twelfth Night', 'Imperium' and 'A Christmas Carol'.

Please email heart@1919.wes.org.uk by the 20 June 2017 if you would like to join us on this visit.
WES Herts & Beds Cluster

WES@UH - A new Student Group based at the University of Hertfordshire is looking for members to become involved in social, volunteering or networking activities. 

Already in place is the WES "Roboteering" Team, currently generating concepts for a fighting robot! For International Women in Engineering Day we have talks in place with local schools and some further away! 

Follow our county clusters Facebook page to keep up to date with all our news and activities; or join our University Society! For further information please contact Kim at weshertsbeds@gmail.com or see the University Society web page .  

On 7 July 2017 at 7:00 pm WES@UH are hosting their first networking event at the University of Hertfordshire.

Please join us for a close chat where the evening will be guided by experience stories, a guest speaker from Bosch, and some good food! Further information and location to follow soon, in the meantime stay up to date with our Facebook page .
WES Scotland

Events in Scotland on Friday 23 June 2017 for #INWED17
Edinburgh Events
  • Engineering the Future of the Property Industry, with Cundall
As part of International Women in Engineering Day, we would like to invite you to join us for drinks and discussions as we celebrate the work of female engineers within the property industry. Our event will provide the chance to discuss up and coming trends and how they will influence the future of the industry.  [Taking place at 5.30pm.]

For more information please contact Sophie Simpson, s.simpson@cundall.com. Please note places are limited.
  • Who wants to be an engineer? with Heriot-Watt University Women's Engineering Society
To mark the International Women in Engineering Day, Heriot-Watt Women's Engineering Society (HWU-WES) is hosting a celebration of engineering careers. Five inspiring women will talk about their amazing careers and experience and will explore the exciting opportunities and the challenges that engineering offers. [This event is open to the public.]  More information on #INWED17 here.
The latest issue of The Woman Engineer journal is out now!

Find out about the rise in the number of professionally registered women engineers and technicians, Abbie Hutty looks at a very topical subject affecting all returners, Liz Rickard has been representing WES with a new code of practice and read the WES Annual Conference report in the latest issue here.
Draw an Engineer Competitio

We are delighted to relaunch our competition for children aged 3 - 11 years, to help schools across the country celebrate #INWED17.

To enter, simply draw, crayon or paint an engineer on A4 paper and email us a good quality photo of your submission to inwed@wes.org.uk  with the subject line: INWED COMPETITION ENTRY.

Please include your name, age, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 and School name (if applicable) in your email. The competition closes Friday 30 June 2017.

For full details, terms and conditions and a downloadable version of the competition poster, please click here.
WES Jobs
Graduate Opportunities
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Arup shapes a better world

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work we make a positive difference in the world with innovative and exciting projects that shape the built environment. We have an active women's network that aspires to a gender balanced workforce and an inclusive culture that welcomes staff from all backgrounds. Arup offer learning and development to support you throughout your career, including mentoring and active engagement with senior role models and inspirational media detailing the career journeys of our senior women, including the chairwoman of our board.

Find out more about Arup on our website and apply for graduate roles here.

Jobs are also advertised on Twitter @Arup Jobs and on Where Women Work 
BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. That's work that inspires us.

As one of the world's most innovative companies, we can offer you an exciting and challenging career. If you have the drive and enthusiasm to improve within your chosen field, you'll receive the support you need to be creative and pioneering in all sorts of ways. 

Upcoming Events

Friday 23 June

International Women in Engineering Day. Want to find out if something is happening in your area? 

Take a look at our  Events Map and Listings page.

Wo men in Computer Science

Friday 23 June 2017, 18.00-20.30
Imperial College London, London

A public debate on International Women in Engineering Day, hosted by the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. 

Where are we in a future where artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics will shape work, life and society? Professor Maja Pantic, Professor of Affective Computing at Imperial College London, welcomes leading women scientists and visionaries, including Saadia Zahidi, Head of Education.

Further details and register here.
Celebrating Women in Engineering and Computer Science 

Friday 23 June 2017 Sponsored by ARM UK
King Edward VII Upper School, Sheffield 

King Edward VII School Sheffield and ARM UK are celebrating International Women in Engineering Day  with an inspirational event taking place on June 23 2017. Female secondary school students from across South Yorkshire will hear from women working in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering and take part in related interactive activities such as building solar powered cars, engaging with robotics and using coding to locate resources on their 'Mission to Mars'. 

Women working in these industries are invited to participate in a Careers Speed Networking session and celebrate the day with a Delegate Networking Lunch.

Feeling Phoney? An introduction to dealing with the impostor phenomenon. 

Tuesday 27 June 2017 [Tickets cost £34-£39]
Wednesday 5 July 2017 [Tickets cost £15-£20]

There are few experiences more draining than feeling like a phoney.

The notion of being less competent than you should be or believing your success to be a bit of a mistake can be stressful.The sense that at some point you're going to be found out as an impostor can be crippling to achievement and may cause anxiety and overwork.

"I'm really not good enough to be doing this job."
"When are they going to find out I'm not as competent as they think I am?"
"How did I get here? I'm really not qualified."

It's called the impostor phenomenon and it's common: especially among women. While the impact of the impostor phenomenon is felt by the individual, the issue is a societal one.

Further information for the  London event here and  Cambridge event here.
Innovation in haptics

Tuesday 4 July 2017 [Tickets £10]
1.30pm - 6.30pm

The Academy's next 'Innovation in'... event will showcase a selection of the most recent advances in haptic technologies for virtual reality.

Virtual reality is well established in the gaming industry and has made inroads into many other sectors. Haptics, the sense of touch, offers an additional dimension, creating experiences that are more engaging, impactful and ultimately, more real.

Why attend?

Meet and network with the companies and industry leaders that are revolutionising the way we interact with technology. Take part in live demonstrations from Ultrahaptics, Generic Robotics, Fundamental VR, Tesla Studios, Kinicho and more. Put your questions to the leading experts and join the debate on the future of haptic technologies in society.


Thursday 13 July 2017 
[non-members £350.00 + £19.74 booking fee + 20% VAT, concessions £315.00 + £17.82 booking fee + 20% VAT]
County Hall, London

Exploring the future of mobility engineering. A one-day conference for mobility technologists and professionals

In 2017 FISITA will open its doors to a new audience with the launch of 'FISITA PLUS', created to support this engineering generation's development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility. The conference will be split into three sections and speakers will present under three headings: The Mobility Future; Artificial Intelligence and Mobility Technology and Propulsion of the Future. 

Registration for FISITA PLUS is now open.
'On Them Our Lives Depend'
presented by Bourton Players and Bourton WW1 Project

Thursday 13, Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July   [Tickets £6]
Bourton Village Hall, Bourton, Dorset

A new play, written for Bourton Players, inspired by the Women Foundry Workers who made 3 million Mills Bombs at Bourton Foundry during WWI.

For further information and tickets email sue@eisw.org.uk or tony@eisw.org.uk.  

Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 October 2017
New Dehli, India

The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) India and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) have joined with Wise India to host the 17th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES17), to be held in New Delhi, India from October 5-7, 2017

More News
What is it like being a woman in engineering?

To support International Women in Engineering Day, specialist engineering recruiter Resourcing Solutions is gathering thoughts from female engineers to understand more about what it's like being a woman in engineering, what inspired their career and how the industry can pull together to inspire the next generation of female engineers.

They would really appreciate your insights, and will share the results across our website, social media channels and the INWED website around 23 June 2017.

Click here to complete their short survey.
2017 Women in STEM campaign

'We support gender parity in science, technology engineering and maths - from classroom to boardroom'. 

Join us in promoting the issue of diversity in STEM and together we can propel positive change within these industries on International Women in Engineering Day 2017.

Together, we are taking steps to encourage greater representation of women in STEM subjects, from classroom to boardroom; promoting gender equality at all ages in academia, education and business. Better insight will motivate women to start and/or continue their STEM careers; highlighting the importance of equipping the next generation with the best skills, if we are to close the gender gap.

Post Career Break Fellowship

Have you taken time out for personal reasons from your career in science or engineering? Would you be interested in returning to work if you could?
CERN has launched a programme to offer full-time or part-time Fellowships to science and engineering graduates wishing to re-start their careers. This is an outstanding chance for you to update your knowledge and skills working for up to three years in an international environment at the forefront of research.
Deadline to submit applications: 4 September 2017; 23:59 CET

Find out more and apply here.
Highways England Returners Programme

Highways England is partnering with Women Returners to launch the Highways England Returners Programme, a paid returnship that will run for 6 months, starting mid-September 2017.

The programme has a wide range of opportunities across Major Projects in Birmingham, Bedford, Guildford, Manchester and Bristol. They are looking for experienced professionals who have taken a career break of 2 or more years.

Head of IT Service Creation - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Would you like the opportunity to help transform one of the largest government departments through the delivery of huge IT Programmes? If so, DVLA's Head of IT Service Creation will provide the challenge you are looking for. Salary Range - £60,435 to £71,535 plus a Digi Tec allowance of up to £20k depending on skills and experience. Location Swansea, Wales.  
Closing date: 30 June 2017

  Full job specification here.
IGEM appoints its first woman President 

History was made at the annual general meeting of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers when the organisation appointed its first female President.

Sheila Lauchlan is a self-employed Engineer and Director of Edinburgh-based consultancy, Perfect Dimensions Ltd. Sheila works on complex high pressure gas pipeline projects as well as writing procedures for multi-utility infrastructure works, and acting as Technical Advisor for companies operating on the Gas Industry Registration Scheme.

Born in Edinburgh, she graduated from Edinburgh's Napier University with a BSc honours degree in Industrial Design (Technology). She has worked within the gas industry since 2000, starting as an Administrative Assistant with Transco Connections.

former Chair of the Scottish section of IGEM, she remains an active member of the section's  management committee. Sheila also sits on several IGEM committees and is Vice Chair of the membership  committee. She is an Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the Institution.

At the annual general meeting, when Sheila took over, IGEM also appointed four women as section representatives on its governing council. They were: Katie Higgins for Industrial Affiliates; Rosemary McAll for Midlands; Philippa Wren for South West; and Helen Fitzgerald for Wales.

IGEM is a sponsor of International Women in Engineering Day. 
Where Women Work celebrates women engineers

International Women in Engineering Day sees top employers connecting with women and girls through exciting events and workshops. AECOM is sponsoring a live webinar chaired by Roma Agrawal from their London Structures team. Roma worked on London's iconic Shard and is a strong advocate for more getting more women into engineering. AECOM is also hosting 'Museum Lates' at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

GKN is releasing an inspiring diversity video for INWED.  Schneider Electric is promoting their many initiatives on INWED including diversity days, excellent maternity leave options and their women in leadership programme. Global drinks company Diageo is hosting female students at one of their Scottish Distilleries.

Find out more about #INWED17 activities.
Gender Scan 2017

Make a difference for gender balance in the high-tech sector. 

Each year, Gender Scan demonstrates that gender balance boosts performances and well-being at work. In 2016, top decision makers from the public and private sectors quoted Gender Scan's indicators to highlight the importance of gender balance as a "performance and growth enabler" (P. Gattaz, president of MEDEF, leading French entrepreneur organization) and a "must both for economies and women, which must be enabled to contribute equally in STEM sectors"( L. Rossignol, Minister of Women's Rights).

Your participation is essential and could make a real difference to keep on building up awareness and mobilising decision-makers. In return, you get a chance to be among the first to receive results and to be invited to one of the conferences that will be organised in Europe. A questionnaire will be available for smartphone, PC, and tablets until 18 July 2017. It is dynamically generated, to be adjusted to each respondent characteristics, hence time needed for completion ranges between 7 to 20 minutes depending on the respondent's profile. 

Siemens SeeWomen

On Monday 5 June 2017 Siemens hosted a specially developed live stage show presented by well-known scientist and TV/radio presenter Fran Scott, to inspire young girls to challenge gender stereotypes and pursue STEM careers. 

The interactive, curriculum-linked stage production took the audience on a journey into a world of STEM and celebrated the contribution of women in STEM, with educational and electrifying live experiments. The 'SeeWomen' stage show placed the spotlight on modern STEM female role models in Siemens and beyond. The event was introduced by Maria Ferraro, the first female Chief Financial Officer for Siemens UK.

The Siemens SeeWomen project is a unique collaboration with the Girls School Association and was launched with a live stage show on International Women's Day 2016 at Withington Girls School, Manchester. The shows have been delivered across the UK in schools and selected venues including the Big Bang Festival, with the involvement of Siemens apprentices. 'SeeWomen' has now reached over 1,000 girls at 19 state and independent schools.

To ensure the impact of the show extends beyond the live shows and to help maintain its legacy, for the next phase of the project Siemens will provide free training for selected volunteer female role models, Siemens employees, and teachers to deliver an adapted classroom ready version of the live show in schools around the UK.

Get Set for Teaching the Technical Routes

A fully funded education and training foundation programme to help you recruit graduates and experienced professionals into teaching.

T he SET for Teaching Success programme, delivered across two Hubs, emfec in the Midlands and South and Blackburn College across the North, will focus on those careers within the relevant routes of the Sainsbury Review, Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The programme will help grow the capacity of your organisation, ensuring you are ready for, and benefit from, the changes the Review will bring. 

Programme funding will support the recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring of students, and/or experienced professionals, who will teach SET subject areas. The trainees will leave the year-long programme with a PGCE in post-compulsory education and training. 

If you are interested in providing a placement at your college or a training provider, please contact: Simon Feneley-Lamb, Director of emfec Services and Group Projects - tel: 0115 854 1620 and email:  SimonF@emfec.co.uk 

Talent Source Network

Talent Source Network is a careers website supported by 20 leading employers in the energy and utilities sector. 

Recently relaunched, please share the details of the site to your networks to help raise awareness of the opportunities.  Our employers are focusing on women in the sector in June to support International Women in Engineering Day - 78% of the workforce is male, compared to 53% nationally.

Power Players 2017

Recognising inspirational talent in engineering and electrotechnical services

Are you an industry star of the future?
Have you made a positive impact in the sector? 
Or achieved something special in your career?

Power Players is an exciting new initiative from the ECA that recognises and rewards 'excellence and innovation' in the engineering and wider electrotechnical services industry.

Simply create a short video - no longer than five minutes - telling us something innovative or inspirational that you have achieved. The video can be made using your mobile phone, tablet or video equipment, no video expertise or experience required!

The Industry-wide initiative is closing on Friday 23 June.


Are you an engineer based in Yorkshire or the surrounding area, who would like to run an activity at Bradford Science Festival?

SMASHfestUK's specific aim is to increase diversity and widen participation in STEM through the Arts. We're currently on tour (sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the UK Space Agency) and running a zone at the Bradford Science Festival on 15-16 July.

Each year SMASHfestUK focuses on a different storyline based on a hyperrealistic natural disaster, exploring how to understand the phenomena, survive the event and rebuild society afterwards. This year's story is 'Supervolcano', with an extended narrative bringing in our previous theme 'Asteroid'. SMASHfestUK uses a STEAM approach, creating art installations, experiments and games, with an engineering core of the festival - the 'Survival Village'.

We're still recruiting local engineers to engage the public in July, running activities about how to survive and rebuild after a natural disaster. If you're interested (or know anyone that may be!) email: esther@smashfestuk.com
Could You Escape?

Channel 4 have just finished filming Episode 1 of Escape and are in the final stages of casting. They are looking for a few brilliant female engineers to boost their final episode, which will be filmed in September.  If you have the skills, stamina, enthusiasm and ingenuity to build an escape vehicle salvaged from the debris of a crash site, then  e-mail   casting@mavericktv.co.uk
WES Partners News
WES would like to thank FM Global, WES Company Membership Plus member for renewing its membership for another year. FM Global has previously sponsored National Women in Engineering Day and the WES Student Conference in 2016.

We would like to thank all our Partners for their continuing support of WES.

WES' activity and attendance at external events 
  • 24 May - WICE (Women in Construction and Engineering) Awards, WES President Benita Mehra was a judge for these awards, which featured WES cluster co-ordinator Suzanne Smith as a finalist
  • 8 June - Dunfermline Soroptimists, WES Honorary Member Nina Baker was a speaker at the meeting
  • 15 June - POWERful Women  3rd Anniversary Drinks Reception, House of Commons, attended by WES staff member Benjamin Palmer
  • 15 June, Our Vice President, Sarah Peers, delivered a keynote speech: "Bridging the Divide: the state of gender in this world of technology" for INWES (International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists), as part of a week-long conference WSIS Forum 2017 Information and Knowledge Societies for Sustainable Development Goals - other attendees include Council member Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli
  • 21 June, Great British Women in the Car Industry, Twickenham, Benita Mehra will be attending
  • 23 June, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) click here to view the events taking place 
  • 23 June, IET HR Conference, Birmingham
  • 23 June, WES is delivering a keynote speech at the London Transport Museum's INWED Open Evening event at Covent Garden, London - there will be many interactive stalls celebrating engineering in transport
  • 3 July BAE Systems Inspiring Inclusive Engineering, Farnborough, Kirsten Bodley will be attending  
  • 13 July, WES will be speaking at the Apprenticeships 4 England Conference on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, at Welcome Centre, Coventry on "The Gender Gap in STEM Apprenticeships"
  • 5 July - Fisita Plus, London, Benita Mehra will be attending
  • 27 July - WES will be represented at DE&S Professional Engineering, Bristol
Have you read the WES Journal - The Woman Engineer?
All issues of the WES journal are available here. Become a member and get your own copy delivered to your door.

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