November 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the November edition of the WES newsletter.
In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and all the celebrations that have happened or are happening for our Centenary year. 
We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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Caroline Haslett Lecture & Awards 

This year's Lecture was held at the IMechE and celebrated our annual award winners: the Men as Allies Award winner was, Rob Sims; the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award went to Natalie Cheung & the Karen Burt Award for the best newly chartered female engineer was awarded to Mandy Lester. 

The awards were followed by a lecture held by Dr Anne Stevens, one of the highest ranking female engineers in the world. Dr Stevens seemed to inspire every single attendee with her experiences.

WES Student Conference

The WES Student Conference took place 8-9 November at Warwick University and brought together students from 32 different universities from different number of engineering disciplines. The agenda, based around the theme 'Transform the Future' included a number of panel sessions, keynote speakers, CPD workshops & a plenty of networking opportunities. WES has already received fantastic feedback from the attendees who are now looking forward to next year's conference!

Sponsors of this year's conference included BAE Systems, Continental, Cundall, Direct Line, FM Global, Leonardo, NSIRC, National Grid & Virgin Atlantic.

Keep an eye out for 2020 WES Events - coming soon!
WES wins BESA President Award 

We are thrilled to announce that we were given the President's Award at the BESA Awards for our work on promoting women in engineering. This award is for all the members and volunteers of WES and recognises the impact that our work has on diversity in the building industry. 

Elizabeth Donnelly, WES CEO, attended the Awards, and also presented the BESA Outstanding Woman in Building Engineering Award, sponsored by WES, to Martina Antolova from BES Limited. 

The BESA Awards recognise apprentices, employers and organisations within the building services industry who have had outstanding achievements over the past year. To find out more have a look here
Call for more Mentors 

WES is seeking new mentors for its cross-sector mentoring scheme,  MentorSET.  Could that be you? Due to a recent surge in interest from mentees, we are looking for mentors from all disciplines, sectors and career stages to match with our mentees who come from a variety of backgrounds.

Why be a mentor?
You can make a real difference to someone's career and personal development.
Mentoring can improve your leadership skills; it can be challenging, inspiring and enlightening.
We typically ask our mentors to spend 1 hour a month with their mentee over a 12 month period.

For more information and to join  please contact Cath Heslop at
Centenary Trail 

In September, as part of the Centenary Trail Project, WES took part in a number of PEOPLE POWER Heritage Open Days around the UK. 

A creative writing workshop was held at Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds, run by the Electrifying Women project and led by author Hannah Stone. Participants learnt about some past women engineers' stories and then wrote their own piece of work.

The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre opened its doors on the 16 - 17 September to allow the public to delve into their 250 years of maritime history.

Another successful Wikithon was held at the LSE Women's Library also in collaboration with the Electrifying Women project and Wikimedia UK. If you're keen to redress the balance of women engineers on Wikipedia, more Wikithons are planned in the new year so watch this space for one near you.
UKAPE Sponsors WE50 Trophies 

The United Kingdom Association of Professional Engineers (UKAPE) has made a generous donation to the Women's Engineering Society for which we are extremely grateful. This is following its closure earlier in the year due to the changing mood of the engineering professions in the UK. For more information on UKAPE please do view the full story here . The donation will be used to fund the 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards presented in June 2020. 

This will be a lasting legacy for UKAPE amongst women engineers across all disciplines.
WES Centenary Women

Ella Hudson Gasking

Ella Hudson Gasking, née Batchelor OBE (1891 - 1966) Chairman and Managing Director of Batchelors.
Ella's father opened a canning factory, Batchelor's Peas Ltd, preserving vegetables, particularly peas. He died young and so, Ella, age 21, took over as managing director. Under her leadership the factory expanded and Batchelors became a household name.
To read more about Ella have a look here. Her new Wikipedia page was written at our recent WES Centenary Trail Wikithon.
News from our WES Members 

WES London Cluster

IET Young Women Engineer of the Year 2019
Winners of Young Women Engineer of the Year 2019
The WES London Cluster is attending this year's IET Young Women Engineer of the Year awards. This is a fun evening and it's truly inspiring to see all these women and their amazing careers and potential. Please join us on December 5 to celebrate our peers. Book your ticket directly on the IET Website. It's free to attend, but tickets do go fast! 

New email coming soon!
We will start using it from December, so keep your eyes posted. The new email is 
WES Young Members' Board 

Lottie Tour  

#WESLottieTour 2019 was a huge success! We had 135 volunteers sign up to borrow a Lottie doll from WES and several large companies bought their own this year to pass around their offices. If you happened to miss the tour but would like to find out what it is all about, head to Twitter and search for #WESLottieTour. Thank you to all the volunteers who took part and help made #WESLottieTour so successful.  
Student Conference Panel

The WES YMB hosted a panel discussion, 'Engineering your Future', at the WES Student Conference. Five members of the YMB with varying levels of experience in a range of engineering fields sat on the panel. It gave the students an opportunity to gain advice from women who have experienced the engineering industry, and discuss some of the challenges that may be faced in the workplace as young female engineers. The session was very well received, with valuable new connections made between the students and YMB members. 

WES Universities Group Board

The UGB committee met at the WES student annual conference which gave us the fantastic opportunity to meet the Young Members Board (YMB).
Over the past term Loughborough has hosted a careers fair and STEM ambassador training. Nottingham has organised an event with the Electrifying women campaign, as well as successfully hosting a Movie night and mock interviews with Rolls Royce. Swansea hosted a successful event, FemaleVoices, sharing the journey of academics to students. Bath hosted a pub quiz, a LinkedIn workshop, a placements talk and have an upcoming networking event based around the theme of sustainability. We're now looking forward to 2020 and all the exciting events that are planned!

JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
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Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
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Mastermind Call Out

The BBC are currently looking for contestants for their iconic quiz show  Mastermind. They have contacted WES as they are looking for applicants from women in science, technology and engineering for the next round of shows. 

If you like to read, love quizzes and want incredible experience then please email to request an application form.
Exploring Women's Networks 
4 December 2019, 1-5 pm, UWE Bristol 

This event will provide an opportunity to meet other engineers and to discuss how gender networks, companies and universities can collaborate in order to address gender inequality in engineering. 

For more information and to register please go here.
Talent 2030 Competition

This competition invites girls to solve the major challenges of the 21st century and to show how engineering makes a difference to people and the planet. Entering the competition is an opportunity to get creative, get thinking and most importantly to have fun! The competition is free to enter and offers girls the chance to win £500 for themselves and £500 for their school.

Have a look here   for details on how to enter.
FISTA 2020 Congress
14 - 18 September 2020, Prague
The theme of the FISTA 2020 Congress is 'Automobile and Mobility. New Roles. New Challenges'. The Congress will feature plenary sessions, technical presentations and leading keynote speakers.
The Call for Papers is available  here  - submit your abstract and round table theme by 30 November 2019. Partnership and Exhibition opportunities are also available - find out more  here.
Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP)  

Run by Royal Academy of Engineering and  SEO London the GEEP aims to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession with an ultimate vision to create an inclusive profession that inspires, attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society. 
The workshops are free for students to attend and are designed to give participants a good insight into the engineering industry and equip them with the necessary skills to tackle the application process. 
The GEEP is open to students of all years of study as well as recent graduates studying relevant degrees for the engineering industry. Information on how to apply can be found 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 

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