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

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on INWED18 events and bring you updates from WES, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news.

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Kirsten Bodley to step down as CEO

Kirsten Bodley, shown here in the middle, at the recent WE50 awards

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive, is leaving WES at the end of August, after nearly two years and will be taking up a new role in the Autumn. 

She wishes to thank the wonderful staff and the fantastic volunteers for their commitment and unfailing support which makes WES such a brilliant organisation to be part of for members and partners alike.

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE to deliver WES 2018 Caroline Haslett Lecture

An influential thought-leader  Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE , is the co-founder of  STEMettes , the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into STEM roles.

The event will also celebrate 2018 winners of the Karen Burt Memorial Award  for the best female newly chartered engineer Men as Allies Award  and  Amy Johnson Inspiration Award .

Nominations open for the WES Awards

We are seeking nominations from those who have gone 'above and beyond' their work remit or role to improve diversity within engineering and applied sciences in general.  The winners will be presented their award at the WES Caroline Haslett Lecture and Awards Ceremony in London in October 2018.

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, launched in 2016, honours a non-engineer who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering the diversity agenda within engineering and applied sciences. This award serves to recognise the efforts of an individual in inspiring more women to enter and/or remain in the engineering and technical professions.

Men as Allies Award
Applying for the awards
The closing date for both awards is 31 August 2018.  Further information can be found 

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.

WES Student Conference Bursaries Available

Are you interested in attending the conference in November at Warwick University? Worried you may struggle to cover the costs to attend - DON'T WORRY! If you are a female undergraduate student on a mechanical engineering, manufacturing, design, chemical, computing, materials, electronic engineering or similar course, you are eligible to apply for a bursary.

Please note: Deadline for applications is Sunday 30 September 2018.
WES London Cluster

Election of new London Cluster Coordinator

Marghuerita Latronico, Project Engineer at ENI, has been elected as the new London Cluster Coordinator. She will officially take on her role from 3rd October 2018. 

Women in STEM Leadership Event

WES London Cluster and Arcadis are pleased to invite you to an evening event in which you will receive guidance on how to enhance your leadership skills at work, and on a personal level, through the presentation of two inspiring talks. For tickets please go  here.
WES London Cluster - WE50

We're pleased to announce that one of our London Cluster committee members, Hayley Oakes is one of the WE50 transferees. Hayley says 'It was incredible to be named as one of the WE50, and to be a part of celebrating and encouraging diversity and inclusivity in the work place. We need to show that engineering is for everyone and I think the WE50 is a fantastic representation of this.'
Celebrating women in engineering event by She can engineer

Members of the Cluster committee prepare monthly articles to highlight issues of g ender parity, celebrate achievements of members or present opinions of D&I events organised in London. Our last article on the 'Celebrating women in Engineering' event by She Can Engineer can be found here 

Young Leader of the Year Nomination

Natalie Cheung, Civil Engineer at AECOM and member of the WES London Cluster Committee has been nominated as 'Young Leader of the Year' for some of her volunteering work. Have a look here for more details and also to vote.
WES Council Member publishes book self-help book on presentation skills 

The ability to deliver outstanding presentations is a lifelong skill that remains relevant throughout an entire career and can boost employability and progression. Ultimate Presentations, by WES Council member and presentation expert Jay Surti, is now available here - WES Members can save 20% with code SBL20.

WES Wales Centenary

WES Wales Cluster would like to announce that our 100th Anniversary celebrations will take place on 16th May 2019 at Senedd, the seat of National Assembly of Wales, in Cardiff Bay. 

We are just a small planing group and would welcome your input. In particular we would like to find more information about women in engineering and industry in Wales.

There is not much known about the older generation, and we are aware that we need to ask them before we lose them. We also hope to find current cohort of women who are working in industry and academia. Whilst there are some high profile women out there, we would like to know about the current up and coming generation, not all engineers are WES  members, we want to celebrate their achievements too. If you know of any women engineers we should be celebrating please do get in touch!

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WES Herts Beds Cluster

Kim Everitt Cluster Co-ordinator for WES Herts Beds Cluster recently took part in the Shell Eco-marathon as one of the representatives for the University of Hertfordshire. The team performed outstandingly well and the follow-up video from Shell featuring Letitia Wright can be seen here.

Kim has also recently taken part in a case study with FISITA that can be found in their Women in Engineering section here.

WES Regional Cluster Conference  

Charteris Global Search recently spoke at a WES event in the Midlands about  why women do not apply for engineering jobs and to suggest why this might be. It turned into a very interactive meeting and they were amazed by the enthusiasm of all who attended. They would like to hear from you too.  Please complete this form which will be used to compile a list of ideas employers could use to attract more females to engineering.

Restoration of Lady Katherine Parson's Grave  

The campaign to restore the gravestones of Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons has been a great success and the restoration is now complete. 

Lady Parsons was a founding member of the Women's Engineering Society in 1919  and served as the 2nd President of WES between 1922-1925, following her daughter, Rachel Parsons.

There will be a memorial service in October. For more details please have a look at the Crowdfunding page here

WES Young Members' Board 

Board of WES Affiliated Student Groups is formed

We are very excited to announce the formation of our new University Student Groups Board. The board has representatives from nine of the WES affiliated student groups including the Open University, the University of Bath and Loughborough University. We can't wait to start working with these amazing young women to support them in running their student groups, and to see what they can achieve as a board!

If you're interested in affiliating your student group with WES email  for more information.

Volunteers needed for #LottieTour 2018!

Do you have an exciting job in STEM and a passion to inspire young girls to follow in your footsteps? We're looking for volunteers to take a Lottie doll to work and take pictures to post during Tomorrow's Engineers Week (5th - 9th November 2018). 

Last year, #LottieTour was a huge part of #TEWeek17, and this year we want it to be even bigger! WES have a range of Lottie dolls, with or without PPE, to loan to volunteers over the next few months to enable them to take part. 

If you'd like to get involved you can find out more information and sign up here
JobsWES Jobs

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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
Advanced Engineering 2018
NEC Birmingham, 31 October - 1 November 

Advanced Engineering is an annual gathering of advanced engineering professionals, 
connecting the entire supply chain with R&D, design, test,  produc tion
 & procurement from OEMs & top-tier industry players. 

The event includes five colocating show zones as well as conference sessions.

For more information and to pre-register for free entry please go  here
The National Engineering Expo
18th September, Milton Keynes.

The National Engineering Expo will bring together a  wide variety of sectors with an interest in engineering such as manufacturing, energy, utilities, IT, telecommunications, transport and construction. 

If you are interested in attending you can register for complimentary passes here (website to be included) and a badge will be waiting for you on day.

This event is collated with a number of other events which include
The Smart & Green Building Expo ; UK Construction Expo ; Health & Safety Live ; The National Facility Management & Maintenance Show . and you are free to move between events on the day. 

For more information have a look here
Tomorrow's Engineers Survey

Tomorrow's Engineers are looking for as many members of engineering organisations as possible to complete the below survey to show the impact of the work engineers do. It only takes a few minutes and the results will be used to inform their media relations activity around Tomorrow's Engineers Week. 

To complete the survey go here

Westminster eForum  Keynote Seminar - Women and the Tech sector - skills, career progression and workplace culture
16th October 2018, Central London

This seminar will examine latest progress and next steps for attracting and retaining women in the technology sector, and supporting their progression. 
There will be discussions on the challenges for improving the representation of women in the engineering sector - with speaking contributions from Peter Finegold, Head of Education Policy, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Dr Jan Peters, Founder and Managing Director, Katalytik. Other speakers include Susan Bowen, Chair, Skills & Diversity Council, techUK and General Manager, EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1 and Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation. For more information please go here

University of Warwick Introduces BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship

The University of Warwick has recently introduced a  BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship and would like to encourage interested WES members to apply or to spread the word to any female friends, relatives or colleagues. For more information about the degree apprenticeship have a look  here.

Female Assessors Needed

Innovate UK are currently looking to recruit more female assessors to have a better balanced assessor portfolio for their competitions going forward, starting with Women in Innovation.

They are currently seeking people with expertise within any of the four key sectors from academia and industry: Healthy ageing and nutrition; AI and Data Economy; Clean Growth and Infrastructure; and Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility.

If you are interested in becoming a paid assessor for Innovate UK, please email  with your name, email address, Innovation Sector, Innovation Area and a copy of your CV.
Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo 2018
12-13 September 2018, Birmingham NEC

With 150 suppliers, 100 expert-led seminars and 2,500 leading professionals from across the industry attending this event the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo is home to innovative infrastructure solutions and engineering concepts that are shaping the sector's future.

Register here for a free complimentary ticket. This ticket  also gives access to the Contamination Expo Series, The Flood Expo, RWM and Future Resource Expo.

Contact Steven Bell on 01872 218 007 or to enquire about the exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities.
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