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

In this month's newsletter there is advice for new students and apprentices with information on bursaries and scholarships, as well as updates on WES, 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.
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WES Updates and Events
WES Awards

WES is seeking nominations for awards in two categories: 
  • Amy Johnson Inspiration Award
  • Men as Allies Award
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 in London on 5 October 2017.

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award
The Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, launched in 2016, honours an individual 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. We welcome male nominees and those with no engineering qualifications. Download the nomination form here.

Men as Allies Award
With men holding the majority of roles within engineering and applied sciences, it is crucial that they are involved making the cultural changes needed to attract and retain women in engineering and applied sciences. The Men as Allies Award, new for 2017, seeks to celebrate a male engineer, or professional male working within the engineering, technical and applied sciences sectors, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences in general. Download the nomination form here.

Nomination forms must be submitted by 9am on Friday 22 September to Cath Heslop at nominees must be based in the UK. Self-nominations are welcome, but we do ask for a professional reference. The winner will be notified by 29 September 2017
Caroline Haslett Lecture 2017 

Speaker announced: Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE 

WES is pleased to announce our speaker for the 2017 Caroline Haslett Lecture (formerly the Prestige Lecture), Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf. Isobel has been a chartered engineer for over 35 years, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of women in engineering, and the importance of engineering in general. 

Isobel was the second female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. In 2014, Isobel was recognised with an OBE for services to mechanical engineering. 

Isobel's talk, "Measuring Success" will explore the importance of measurement, something we use every day, yet rarely think about. 

2017 WES  Student Conference: Engineering Inspiration 
24-25 November 2017

Theme announced: Engineering to Change the World 
New for 2017, the annual WES Student Conference: Engineering Inspiration will have a theme. This year's theme, Engineering to Change the World, highlights careers and opportunities in humanitarian engineering, and human-centric aspects of engineering, across disciplines. The conference will feature keynotes from some of the industry's leading experts, as well as an excellent programme of career development and personal skills workshops for students.

Bursaries - Now Accepting Applications! 
WES offers bursary-funded places to students to attend the 2017 WES Student Conference: Engineering Inspiration with support from its sponsors. The bursary covers full conference fees and overnight bed & breakfast accommodation (if necessary) on Fri 24 November. It also provides a contribution of up to £50 towards travel. Women undergraduate students on mechanical engineering, manufacturing, design, chemical, computing, materials, electronic engineering or similar courses can apply.  Applications close on 9 October 2017.

WES Young Members' Board Essay Competition

This month the WES Young Members' Board (YMB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new essay writing completion to help provide high school students with something that can help 'Give Them the Edge' when completing their university, college, apprenticeship or job applications and hopefully get them thinking about Engineering as a career option. The deadline for the competition is Wednesday 1 November 2017. 

The judging has been split into two age brackets: 
  • 11-14 Years Old 
  • 15-18 Years Old 
Members of the Women's Engineering Society will judge the competition and the competition is open to all genders. Every applicant will receive recognition for their entry which they can use as evidence of their participation. A number of Highly Commended certificates will also be issued. 

We would love WES members to help promote this competition within your networks. All details are provided in the infographic below. and if you would like electronic copies or further information please email with 'GYTE Request for further Info' in the subject header. Please also share and support us on Twitter @ymb1919 and Instagram @wesymb.
WES Young Members' Board #LottieTour

Volunteers Needed

Do you have a Twitter account and a passion to inspire young girls? WES Young Members' Board is organising another #LottieTour for Tomorrow's Engineers week this year! Last year we took Robot Girl Lottie to work to take pictures of her, capturing both the stereotypical and more unusual aspects of engineering. This year we're taking a range of Lottie dolls to show any girl can be an engineer! 

If you would like to volunteer please click here to find out more and fill in the form. 
WES Supports the Future of London's #DiversityPledgeLDN

WES has signed the Speaker Diversity Pledge and joins the Mayor of London and London leaders in promoting a more diverse, inclusive and representative sector. Representatives from WES will be celebrating the Pledge anniversary at the All-Network Celebration on 25 September at City Hall.
Honorary Fellowship for  WES Member

Dame Susan E Ion OBE FREng CEng has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). T he Honorary Fellowship acknowledges the significant contribution she has made to materials science and metallurgy. Read more here.
The latest issue of The Woman Engineer journal is out now!

Find out about the Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35, a bold step forward in woman's PPE, the new faces at WES, the 2017 WES Student Conference: Engineering Inspiration and read the WES Annual Conference report all in the latest issue here.
WES Jobs
Tired Engineer in Training
There is still time to send us your 'humorous take' and 'witty observations' on being a woman in engineering. Please send your anecdotes, stories, doodles, etc. to and we will publish them in future newsletters.
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Advice for new students and apprentices starting this year 

Making lots of life and career related decisions, moving to a new town or city and having to make new friends and fend for yourself are some of the things that affect over half a million young people as they start their university course or apprenticeship each year. We know that whilst this is a very exciting time, a few words of wisdom might give you a little bit of extra help so here they are: 
  • It's never too early to get involved and start shaping your career. The sooner you do it, the sooner you become an example and hopefully an inspiration to young girls who will hopefully be following us into the industry! 
  • Branching out of your speciality is also vital, it gives you a better understanding of engineering in a wider sense and you become a better engineer because of it. 
  • Having fantastic role models makes a massive difference. 
  • Join as many groups and societies as you can, it's a great way of making friends and gaining experience. 
  • Practical experience gained through non-academic activities will impress employers and give them a reason to employ you and not someone else with the same education. 
  • If you're struggling, talk to your peers about how they're finding the course/apprenticeship, you might not be alone. 
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. 
  • At university? Check if there is a WES affiliated student group, and if so, join it. 
  • Finally - HAVE FUN!
You'll find lots of useful careers advice on the WES website including advice on engineering placements, job applications and interview tips.

Engineering Horizons Bursary

Approximately 50 bursaries worth up to £4,000 are available to apprentices and undergraduate students. IET Engineering Horizons Bursaries are supported by the IET, charitable foundations and engineering companies.

Find out more about the Engineering Horizons Bursary and apply here before 12 October 2017.
We also suggest you have a look at the websites for the institutions and societies in your discipline area to see if they have grants and bursaries available. For example the:
Upcoming Events
Call For Papers: The History of Women in Engineering in the UK

27 November 2017 [Conference Fee £25]
Funded and co-organised by Anne Locker (IET archives) and Elizabeth Bruton (Science Museum) and supported by WES, this one-day conference will take place at IET Savoy Place.

Established in 1919 in aftermath of WWI, WES provided a focal point for demands by women for a role and voice in the engineering industry, its societies and institutions. The conference is interested in exploring a longer history of women in engineering and the diverse roles of women in British engineering in C19th and C20th. We would especially like to hear papers on women not featured in any previous scholarly study and the factors that brought their careers into this profession.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on the subject of history of women in engineering. Proposals of no more than 200 words, together with name and institutional affiliation of speaker, should be sent to Elizabeth Bruton at Submissions closing date midnight Friday 6 October. 

For all enquiries please email Elizabeth Bruton.
Red Smart Women Week 2017

27 September - 1 October 2017 [Events from £11.04 to £53.24 - see below to get 10% WES discount]
Asia House, London 

Red Smart Women Week is a five day boutique festival of events all centred around empowering women to achieve their goals and 'be a better you'. Whether you are looking to boost your career, grow your own business, make contacts, learn new skills, or simply be inspired - there is something for everyone. This year, in association with Jaguar, we're planning an exciting programme of power breakfasts, business masterclasses, fitness events, beauty panels, style talks and networking nights in a beautiful central London townhouse all dedicated to helping women live smarter. 

An exclusive 10% discount on tickets across the week with the promo code: WES10.
National Work Life Week Conference

2 October 2017 9.30 - 14.05  [Fee for non-members £100 to £244 - see below to get 20% WES discount]
London, E1 6AD

Working Families is offering WES members a special delegate rate for their National Work Life Week Conference which takes place on 2nd October in London. The event is the Top Employers for Working Families best practice showcase and includes presentations from 2017 award winners and leading organisations who will discuss their outstanding flexible, agile and family friendly policies and practices.

Delegates will also hear the key findings of Working Families' Top Employers
 Benchmark report and will be the first to hear which high-scoring benchmark entrants have made the list of the 'Top 30 Employers for Working Families'. There will be two interactive panel sessions - one on supporting employees and the second on flexibility - as well as a keynote address from a leading industry figure. Take a look at the event programme for the latest details. 

For a 20% discount on the non-member rates, please book your place today by contacting and quoting 20% WES Special Offer .
Technology for the LIGO - Gravitation Wave Detectors

3 October 2017 18.00 - 20.00
Glasgow - Joint WES event in collaboration with the IET and IESIS

Close to 100 years after the prediction by Einstein of the existence of gravitational waves, the advanced detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) recently detected these tiny "ripples in space-time" for the first time.

In this seminar Professor Sheila Rowan will explain the nature of gravitational waves, describe what in the Universe can produce them, and explain the scientific and engineering technologies employed in their detection - enabling a new era in astronomy - and what lies ahead.

C EE Conversation Series: Are the Disciplines Dead?

3 October 2017 18.00 - 20.00
UCL Centre for Engineering Education, UCL

Complex problems don't respect disciplinary boundaries - so why do the traditional engineering disciplines, some of which were formed over 150 years ago, still remain the common operation unit across much of higher education? As many areas of industry are increasingly looking for a broader skill set and expecting their graduates to work across multiple areas, can our current structures still provide the education required for our graduates to succeed in the latter half of the 21st Century?

Please click here for more information and to REGISTER for this free event. 

5 - 7 October 2017 [Delegate Fee $200 - $400]
New Delhi, India 

ICWES17 will take place  in October u nder the theme of "Vision 2025" hosted by WISE India and INWES.  This international event offers a great opportunity for empowering oneself by learning, sharing experiences and meeting hundreds of expert engineers and scientists.  The International Track Themes are as follows:
  • Science and technology
  • New ideas and solutions to contemporary problems
  • Make in India initiative
  • Attracting, promoting and retaining women engineers and scientists

Gender Pay Gap Conference

12 October 2017 09.30 - 16.30 [Delegate Fee £540 - £100 discount for WES members]
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London

The Fawcett Society will host the second annual Gender Pay Gap conference and online broadcast for businesses and large public organisations - half way through this critical year in Gender Pay Gap Reporting - giving participants adequate time to measure their organisation's preparations against best practice and ensure they are ready to report on time.

Supported by the Women's Engineering Society, this full day event will focus on key issues including:
  • Risk and reputation in presenting your results
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Role of professions and trade associations
  • Female dominated workforces
  • Choices on publishing time
  • Focus on construction and engineering
  • Focus on financial services
  • Focus on technology
  • Case studies
  • Brexit implications
  • Fathers and returning women workers
  • Implications for tenders and supply chains
  • Preparing your change agenda
  • How GPGR will impact the competition for talent
£100 Discount for WES Members: Register Here With Discount Code 'WES'
Women in Engineering and Technology, Science Museum London

8 November 2017
Science Museum, London

Open to female students enrolled at a UK university, you will get the opportunity to meet with key industry professionals from world-leading companies and develop your professional network.
You will have the opportunity to hear from senior representatives from each of the partner organisations during the Panel Sessions, develop the skills required to succeed in applications in the Skills Session, and get a taste of the culture of each organisation as you take part in Speed Networking. All while under the same roof as the world's first jet engine.
More Upcoming Events

To find out about these previously advertised events visit the WES website:
  • World's Top 50 Innovators from the Industries of the Future
  • BESA National Conference and Awards Dinner
More News
Creating cultures where all engineers thrive

The Royal Academy of Engineering calls for profession-wide culture change and regular benchmarking of progress in order to create a truly inclusive culture within the UK engineering profession. The initiative follows the publication of a unique survey of workplace cultures, which shows that inclusion benefits all engineers, but there are some discrepancies between experiences of inclusiveness at work.
Creating cultures where all engineers thrive
Creating cultures where all engineers thrive [video]
According to the survey, the first to measure workplace culture in engineering, UK engineers are described by their own peers as good at problem solving, safety-conscious, proud, loyal, team-oriented and flexible. However, many engineers describe their culture as friendly but impersonal, with a strong attachment to tradition and offering too little support in relation to career development.

Results of this survey were published in the September 2017 report: Creating cultures where all engineers thrive
Year of Engineering 2018

2018 is the Year of Engineering - an exciting opportunity to celebrate the great contribution that engineering makes to our country and encourage young people to join the profession.

Working in partnership with you, the government is supporting events and initiatives across the UK which give young people an inspiring experience of modern engineering.

Open consultation:  Returning to work after time out for caring

The Government Equalities Office would like to know more about the barriers to returning to work after time out for caring.

They would like to know more about the experiences of people who want to return to work, employers' experiences of recruiting these people and other evidence on the barriers that they face and the support available to them.

This call for evidence is for:
  1. Those who have returned to work after time out caring for children or family
  2. Those currently caring for children or family who would like to return to work
  3. Employers
  4. Organisations or individuals with knowledge of returners
Complete the online survey and access further background to this call for evidence here. 
Back to work blues? Find inspiration and a new career via Where Women Work!

Has summer break inspired you to reconsider your goals and embark on a new challenge? Where Women Work supports many companies seeking talented women like yourselves for exciting roles across sectors. For example, AECOM's  Senior Sustainability Consultant   role  in   Abu Dhabi  may be the next step that you're looking for
Discover more roles like this and read women's inside scoop at
The WindAid Institute Program

The 4-week volunteer program offers an opportunity to learn about design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine and see its direct impact on rural families and communities.

You get hands-on experience in all steps of designing, building and installing a turbine as part of a team. You will use carbon fiber, fiberglass, resin composites, steel structures and welding, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and much more; all the while getting to experience the life and cultures of Peru.

There are no pre-requisite skills, although an engineering and/or sustainability background and some Spanish language can enhance the experience. Passionate, enthusiastic individuals hungry to learn and create a positive change in the lives of others are sought.
The four week project groups fill up fast, so apply soon! There is a fee which covers your accommodation, food and transport to site, and contributes to the workshop and build materials. There are projects year-round so you can apply any time. 
If you are interested in a more immersive program a limited number of Long-Term Volunteer and Intern opportunities are offered, which have reduced or no cost.

Find out more:
Inspire the next generation of female engineers

Who inspired you when you were young? As a female engineer you are a role model to schoolgirls who may not yet think that engineering is the right path for them.

Founders4Schools is an award-winning charity connecting pupils with leaders to close the skills gap and is committed to inspiring and supporting girls to achieve their potential.

Signing up takes just 1 minute. Once done, local teachers can invite you to inspire their pupils by participating in encounters such as a career talks, speed mentoring or a careers fairs.

Next Generation Science Standards

Twig World are looking for passionate people working in the sciences to interview for a new series of student books on the Next Generation Science Standards. These interviews will seek to answer the kind of questions children ask like "what does a [structural engineer/conservationist/theoretical physicist, etc.] do?", "What tools do you use?", "What interested you in science?" etc.

As part of our commitment to developing inspiring and relevant resources, we want to ensure our approach fully supports equality, diversity and inclusion within the sciences. Therefore we would especially welcome contributions from a wide range of people to demonstrate that careers in science are achievable by all.

We will be conducting interviews by phone/Skype in September and October. Interviews will take no longer than 30 minutes.

If any of your members have interesting research or a passion for their field that they would like to share with us, please get in touch with Andrea Dansie  by Friday 13th October  with the name(s), job title(s) and contact details of those who would like to volunteer for this exciting project. 
WES Partners News
WES would like to thank the following partners renewing their partnerships with us for another year:

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) which renews as a Not for Profit Partner; Royal Academy of Engineering, Solarcentury and Transport for London all of which renew as Company Partners; and Swansea University and UCL, both renewing as Education Partners.


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

WES' activity and attendance at external events 
  • 12 July, Jan Peters MBE attended a meeting at V12 footwear to discuss progress in availability of PPE designed for women on behalf of WES
  • 20 August, 2017 London Feminist Film Festival, London, chaired by WES member Yasmin Ali and Chi Onwurah MP represented WES on the panel 
  • 6 September, RAEng: Communicate, Celebrate and Consult: Creating cultures where all engineers thrive, attended by Ceryl Evans
  • 7 September, JLR TechFest, London, Benita Mehra was a panellist
  • 7 September, Inspiring Women in Technology, MOD Horsham 
  • 12 September, Gattaca Diversity Workshop, attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 12 September 2017, IStructE lecture 'Women in Structural Engineering' at TIC, Strathclyde University, Glasgow - WES Speakers: Nina Baker and Rebecca Neill
  • 14 September, Closing the Gender Pay Gap, Govt Equalities Office, Birmingham attended by Sarah Peers
  • 15 September, EDT and Royal Academy of Engineering and Headstart Freshers' Fayre, London, WES was represented by Yasmin Ali and Francesca Donadoni
  • 16 September, Soroptimist International - What Women Do, Glasgow, WES was represented by Nina Baker
  • 19 September, Stellar group meeting, to be attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 25 September, Women of the Future Celebration, to be attended by Kirsten Bodley 
  • 27 September, Interplas, to be attended by Adrienne Houston
  • 27-29 September, Codex - World's Top 50 Innovators From The Industries of the Future, London
  • 28 September, BESA President's Lunch, to be attended by Benita Mehra
  • 4 October, RAEng Autumn Lecture, to be attended by Kirsten Bodley 
  • 5 October, Conference STEM: Jobs for the Girls, RAF Leeming
  • 5-7 October, ICWES17, New Delhi, to be attended by Sarah Peers and Roseni Dearden. Both are leading workshops and presentations.
  • 12 October, Fawcett Society Gender Pay Gap conference, London. Sarah Peers is running a seminar on the gender pay gap in engineering and technology with WES corporate partner Arup.
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