August 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the August 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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Nominations opened for WES Elections!

Do you have the skills to support the governance of WES? Are you looking for Board experience to further your career?
If so, then you may want to stand for election to be a Director/Trustee for the Women's Engineering Society. Any Member of the Women's Engineering Society is eligible to stand for election as a Director and must be nominated by three Members of the Society.
If you have already been a Director/Trustee, you may want to stand to be President. You will need to get three of the current Directors/Trustees to nominate you.
All candidates and nominators must have paid any and all subscriptions owing and due to the Society by 15 September 2020. Nominations must be received by Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO and Company Secretary, on or before the 15 September 2020. Any forms received after this date will not be accepted.
An email to all members has been sent on the 24 August 2020, and more information will be available on the website here.
For more information email Elizabeth Donnelly at  
Events Update

Caroline Haslett Lecture & Awards Ceremony - October 2020
Once again this annual event will be taking place in October 2020, but this year it will be virtually!

The event will feature an inspirational keynote speaker, to be confirmed shortly.  During the event we will announce the winners of three WES awards: the prestigious Karen Burt Memorial Award for the best female newly chartered engineer, Men as Allies award and the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award. 

More details on the event will be announced soon.
WES Annual Student Conference 2020 goes virtual!

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

During these unprecedented times, this event will be invaluable for students, giving them the opportunity to be inspired by a variety of talks, panel sessions and workshops focusing on the theme 'Shape the World.' The event will offer a number of different webinars to encourage the students to learn and develop useful technical skills and career development skills.

Event details are currently being finalised and will be released soon. In the meantime, we recommend you reserve your individual place or if you are a university representative, reserve places for your students by getting in touch with our Events Manager, Jo Weaver:

WES Partner Webinars

Simon Fanshawe
Using the Athena Framework to Drive Sustained Cultural Change
17 September 2020 10am

Many of you have asked for support around Athena Swan, so we are so pleased to be able to hold this webinar in collaboration with Education Partner, Imperial College.
Diversity Webinar
24 September 2020 10am      

James Haluch from Amey will be discussing the journey of getting greater diversity into the highways and construction sector. Alison Reid Leadership Coach - Why evolution has a lot to answer for: the role confidence plays in sabotaging women's success in male-dominated environments and what we can do about it.
The Power of Difference in STEM 
13 October 2020
Writer, broadcaster and D&I speaker Simon Fanshawe OBE 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.

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 Wiki Women

Elsie Louisa Winterton (1897 - 1984) 

In 1915 Elsie joined the drawing office at Great Western Railway and two years later was appointed draughtswoman, a skilled technical engineering role. She worked on wiring diagrams of electric signalling appliances for track circuits and signal and point machines for use on the railways. While working at GWR, she enrolled at University College, Reading passing exams in machine construction and drawing, electricity and magnetism, applied mechanics, general physics and mathematics and won two university prizes. 

In 1923, The Woman Engineer and the international press were delighted to report that Miss E L Winterton had been elected as the first woman member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers. She attended IRSE's international conventions in Brussels and Holland, where she met her husband, Edward Charles Deacon. She had to leave employment on marriage but Edward died in 1939 leaving her with two small children, so Elsie Deacon rejoined the GWR Signal Department, working as a draughtswoman until retiring in 1962, although she had to fight for her pension rights. 

Elsie Louisa Deacon's new Wikipedia page was written during our INWED20 online Wikithon on 24 June 2020.

WES Early Careers Board 

Alex Mather
YouTube Video Update 

The ECB are releasing a series of YouTube videos to further inspire future engineers and showcase a variety of professions within engineering. The first video in the ECB Profile Series was released earlier this month, and features new board member Alex Mather. It highlights the passion that accompanied Alex from the very start of her career, and how she achieved her position she currently holds. ECB members will continue to showcase their profiles each month, directed by Kim Everitt. The September video will feature Caitlin McCall, Engineering Doctorate in Printed Electronics.

ECB Virtual Projects 

We are working towards the launch of a social media video campaign that aims to celebrate the achievements of historical Black and Minority Ethnic female engineers from across the globe. The ECB plan to raise the profile of female BAME inventors and engineers through a series of short, informative and catchy YouTube videos sharing stories of their achievements. The videos hope to raise awareness amongst viewers, as well as inspiring young people from underrepresented groups. The launch of this campaign is planned for November 2020. 
To find out more and keep up to date with social media activities, WES ECB can be followed on Twitter at @WESECB1919, Instagram @wesecb and for video content subscribe to the WES ECB YouTube Channel here.
WES and Covid-19 

WES is continuing to operate during lockdown 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

Early bird and VIP tickets for the Women in Business Expo Virtual event are now available. 

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
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

EICWES Online Event and Call for Papers

As a precursor to ICWES18 in September 2021, ICWES are hosting an exclusive online preview event this September.

The online event is free to attend and will take the form of a webinar with talks from influential international female scientists and engineers, followed by Q&A sessions.

The preview event will be held on Monday 14 September 2020. Registration for the event is essential. Joining instructions will be provided a week before the event.   Register here to secure your place. 

The theme of the conference remains Global Humanitarian Challenges and we are temporarily re-opening our call for abstracts to request submissions under a newly added topic PANDEMICS / COViD-19. 

The deadline for submission to this additional call is 30 September 2020.  Confirmation of status will be by 11 December 2020 with full papers due for submission 31 March 2021.

All submissions should be made in English via our online portal.  You will first need to re-register for this portal.  Full details available here.
Take part in the GETI 2021 survey and win a pair of Apple AirPods Pro

Calling all Energy Professionals! Airswift and Energy Jobline have teamed up to launch the 2021 Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) survey. 

The survey should take just ten minutes to complete, and you will automatically be entered into the prize draw for the pair of Apple AirPods Pro!

The survey results will be published in January 2021.

SICE Open Evenings

The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) invite you to join a virtual 'open evening' event for roles with the Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy Directorate (SICE).

SICE is a friendly, multi-disciplinary directorate of about 70 staff, whose responsibilities include the planning, delivery, and management the Energy Innovation Programme. This Programme supports the government's Industrial Strategy grand challenge on clean growth and several other BEIS and cross-government policy objectives.
The events will take place on:
  • Thursday 3 September from 12:00 - 13:00. To book tickets please go here
  • Monday 7 September from 17:00 - 18.00. To book tickets please go 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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