April 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the April 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 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. 

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award
The  Amy Johnson Inspiration Award  honours an individual who is c ur rently work ing in a non-engineering role who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering diversity 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.  Click here to apply.
Men as Allies Award 
With men holding the majority of roles within engineering and applied sciences, it is crucial that they are involved in making the cultural changes needed to attract and retain women in engineering and applied sciences.  The  Men as Allies Award   seeks to celebrate a male engineer, or other professional male working within the engineering, technical and applied science sectors, who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences in general. 
Further information
The closing date for both awards is Monday 13 July 2020. The winner will be annou
nced at an awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Autumn 2020. 
Further information about WES Awards.
Open Now: Applications to join the WES Apprentice Board

WES recognises that apprenticeships are an important route into engineering for many women.  To complement the work of our Early Careers Board and University Groups Board, WES is setting up a board for current apprentices.  

The aim of the board will be to give apprentices a voice within WES as well as to act as role models and undertake projects to support and promote engineering apprentices.  

Applications for the board are now open. Find out more about the Apprentice Board and how to apply here .

Engineers Required: Auxiliary Engineering Support for field hospitals

There are a number of new medical facilities being built across the UK to treat patients with COVID-19, and existing facilities are increasing capacity in specialist areas. Following the previous call for support in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, the call for engineers is now extended across the UK, in preparation for if they should need auxiliary support in the coming weeks.

We have been approached by the NHS to ask engineers to volunteer with a range of engineering requirements that will enable them to continue to deliver frontline services. The effective delivery of clinical care will only be achieved if engineers and technicians work alongside their clinical counterparts.

Time is of the essence and it is likely that they will need volunteers on site and in the regional hospitals within the week. Please complete this form if you're interested in volunteering.
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 #WESLottieTour 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!
WES Partners respond to COVID-19 crisis

With everything happening right now in the world, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the  WES  Partners that are involved in helping support the NHS in this crisis. 

Thank you to all of the Partners who are getting involved, including  Airbus BAE Systems Meggitt , Mott MacDonald, National Grid,   Thales , Transport for London and many more.  

If you are a Member or Partner and would like to share your stories with us, please email: partners@wes.org.uk we would love to hear from you. To read more about these success stories have a look here.
WES Partner Meetings to be held as Webinars

This month we will be holding WES' first Partner Webinar. The session will be held on Thursday 30th April 10 - 12.15pm and our first speaker will be WES Past President and former Chief Executive  Dawn Bonfield. 

In this Webinar, Dawn will be leading a talk about Inclusive Leaders; Cordant Engineering will be covering Recruitment and Retention; we will also hold t he usual, and highly valued, round table discussion and Partner sharing.
If you are a Partner and would like to register for this Webinar, please email beatrice.pryor@wes.org.uk.

WES Centenary Women

Olive Dennis

Olive Dennis (1885 - 1957) was an American engineer whose design innovations changed the nature of railway travel. She studied civil engineering at Cornell University. In 1920, she was hired as a draftsman by the B & O Railroad to design bridges, then Daniel Willard, Railroad President, observed that, since half of the railway's passengers were women, the task of engineering upgrades in service would best be handled by a female engineer, so Dennis became the first "service engineer".
She introduced seats that could partially recline; stain-resistant upholstery; larger dressing rooms for women, with free paper towels, liquid soap and drinking cups; ceiling lights that could be dimmed at night; individual window vents for fresh air while trapping dust; and air conditioned compartments. She later designed an entire train, the Cincinnatian, that incorporated all of her innovations, "the crowning glory of her career". She joined WES in 1931. "No matter how successful a business may seem to be," she said, "it can gain even greater success if it gives consideration to the woman's viewpoint."

Update from the NHLF Centenary Trail

With COVID19 affecting many events, we have unfortunately had to cancel the final 3 Wikithons we were planning.  However, some positive news is that NHLF have agreed to extend the project to enable us to carry out further research and editing, this will include an online Wikithon training session. In addition, further work will focus on the 15 diaries and letters of Verena Holmes, which were donated in December to WES.

Look out for more information in next month's newsletter.

Verena Holmes Letters Opportunity 

In 1930 Verena Holmes became the first practising engineer to serve as WES President. As part of the Centenary Trail, WES is asking its Members to read the transcripts of the Verena Holmes Letters that have been given to us and write their own thoughts about the content. In addition, these letters and the comments from today's engineers will be put in the WES Time Capsule which will be sealed on 23 June 2020, so that when it is opened in 2119 it will have three generations' perspectives of women engineers.  

If you want to be involved with this project, please email  Helen Close,  Centenary Trail Project Officer at Centenary@wes.org.uk.
Join the WES Early Careers Board

The WES Early Careers Board are recruiting new members. Apply by 17 May for the opportunity to join an enthusiastic group of early career engineers and get involved with projects such as #WESLottieTour, our Draw an Engineer competitions, and much more.

ECB Chair Victoria Barbour-Smith said about joining the ECB: "Applying to join the WES ECB was a great decision for me. Since joining the board last year I have had the opportunity to work on ECB projects such as the WES  100 Violets that have allowed me to engage with engineers all around the country. In addition, being part of the ECB has been a great way to build a network across WES and also develop invaluable skills of working as part of, and now chairing, a board."

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 Woodlouse
Eleanor Yong Boyfriend
Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
news More News
New Part-time MSC from University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has recently launched a new part-time MSc in Leading Major Programmes, aimed at experienced project managers who want to equip themselves to deliver large-scale, complex projects and programmes in any domain. Scholarships are available, and to support and inspire women to achieve as engineers and leaders, one will be awarded to a female candidate.
To find out more have a look here

Partner WES Partners news

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 

To discuss WES partnerships please contact: partners@wes.org.uk
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