June 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the June 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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#INWED20 #Shape the World

This time last week on Tuesday 23 June, 'International Women in Engineering Day 2020' was in full swing & #INWED20 was trending at No.1 in the UK on Twitter! 24 hrs later and the potential reach of the campaign had surpassed 100 million people! On the day, we were delighted to have support on social media from The Royal Family, The Labour Party, McLaren & Mercedes-AMG ...to name but a few!
The Women's Engineering Society also held our very own INWED virtual event, celebrating the end of our Centenary year, learning how to 'Shape the World' with a thought-provoking presentation from Honorary Secretary, Sally Sudworth & awarding the 'Top 50 Women in Sustainability winners' (for more information see below.) This was followed by a fantastic panel session made up of three # WE50 winners; Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Professor Claire Lucas & Professor Valeska Ting, discussing "A more sustainable world will need more women engineers." Finally, we were delighted to invite Titi Oliyide, Safety Engineer at Siemens UK as our keynote speaker, who offered an inspiring conclusion to the event.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the speakers who took part in our virtual event, as well as the hosts, WES Trustees Jay Surti & Alexandra Knight - who did a fantastic job bringing the event together.
Throughout the INWED week we were delighted at the number of organisations and individuals around the globe celebrating INWED 2020 virtually, all coming together to 'Shape the World' and support women in engineering!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our INWED 2020 sponsors: Boeing, Dialog Semiconductor, ECITB, GCHQ, IOR, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, NSIRC, OPITO, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Air Force, Sonnedix, V12 Footwear & Wiley.

Visit our INWED website for updated resources & for information on INWED 2021. 

Many thanks again to those who took part - see you next year!!

Winners of Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability

The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is delighted to announce the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability awards. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 WE50 celebrates women who have made a significant contribution within sustainability. Winning nominees were required to provide evidence of their successful support of UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals or the Net Zero Carbon Programme. Click here to see the winners

Sally Sudworth, WE50 Head Judge said, "The panel of judges was thrilled by with the outstanding achievements demonstrated by all of the winners and were thrilled by the difference being made by the candidates".

The WE50 awards seek to recognise the wealth of female talent within engineering and related disciplines. The WE50 theme changes each year to recognise women working in different fields and from varying routes into engineering.

WES Partners News

WES Partner CityFibre has announced a three-year recruitment and training programme to provide up to 10,000 people with jobs upgrading the UK's digital infrastructure to full fibre. The recruitment campaign will target workers of all abilities, from the unemployed through to qualified construction and telecoms workers.

The initiative will underpin the UK's long-term economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis by enabling access to ultra-fast digital connectivity for all.  Jobs will be created within CityFibre's growing pool of network construction partners, delivering a £4 billion roll out of full fibre capabilities across more than 100 towns and cities.

CityFibre is looking to attract those made unemployed as a result of the coronavirus crisis as well as women and people from BAME backgrounds, both of which are typically under-represented in the construction industry.

For more information on City Fibre please  click here.
If you are a Partner and what to share your initiatives with the WES network, please contact partners@wes.org.uk. Is your organisation doing amazing work but not yet a WES Partner? Get in touch and we can talk about the packages available partners@wes.org.uk or call Beatrice Pryor (Partnerships Manager) on: 07742 933238.
Nominations to close soon for Amy Johnson Inspiration Award and Men as Allies Award

There's still time to nominate colleagues for the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award and the Men as Allies award.  Nominations close on Monday 13 July.

2019 Men as Allies Award winner Rob Sims
The Amy Johnson Inspiration Award honours an individual who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering the diversity agenda within engineering and applied sciences. Have a look here for more information

The  Men as Allies Award 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. To nominate go here

WES Apprentice Board Launch

The WES ECB are delighted to introduce the new WES Apprentice Board: Shannon Martin, Grace Handley, Kate Self, Camila Rey da Rosa, Kiana Kamalian, Tanaka Melissa Chigubu, Jennifer Turay, Lizzie Barr, Elaine Yip, Hadassah Wallace, Jasmine Ewers, and Natasha Dunkinson. Congratulations to all the new board members and we look forward to working with you all.
We would also like to thank all those who have provided support and advice throughout the process of setting up this board. Particular thanks to Sophie Hutchins, Dawn Fitt, Jo Douglas-Harris and Kirsty McDermott.

News from the Centenary Trail Project

INWED Online Wikithon

W ES hosted its first online Wikithon on 24th June to celebrate INWED and the Centenary Trail, in collaboration with Wikimedia UK, the IET, the University of Leeds and Archives for London. 28 people attended with, 8 new pages being created, 43 improved and nearly 16,000 between 20 editors, which is amazing. Thank you to our WES members who took part.

Centenary YouTube Channel

WES launched a new YouTube Channel on 23rd June, showcasing some of the remarkable engineers the project has uncovered. Pop along and take a look . Don't forget to "like".

Verena Holmes Collection

The letters and diaries that the project received have been digitised and will soon be lodged with the Archives at the IET.  It is hoped that the diaries can be transcribed by the end of the project (August).  Thank you to those who have been in touch about this.
[Photo of Verena on motorcycle is by kind permission of Andrew Fox, private collection].
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."

WES South Coast Cluster 

WES South Coast Cluster is running a Strengths Coaching Club for six weeks over the summer starting in July 2020. 

Participation in the club is free but participants will need to pay £20 to take the Clifton Strengths Assessment or share their profile in advance if they already have it. Participation concentrates  on your top five themes, take ownership of how you use your dominant talents and explore ways of mastering them.

Priority given to WES South Coast Cluster members. F or more details and bookings contact Sotira Georgiou at HantsandDorset@wes.org.uk.
WES Early Careers Board Welcomes New Members

After a very competitive selection process the ECB are delighted to announce our four new members: Isabella Curtis, Imisi Joseph, Alex Mather, and Caitlin McCall. We had a lot of applications for the board this year and narrowing down our selection was really tough. We are looking forward to working with Isabella, Imisi, Alex and Caitlin going forward.

For more ECB news please follow their twitter page @WESECB1919.
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 Not today negativity
Eleanor Yong Was I meant to do something today? 
Events Other News 
Adventures in Aeronautical Design 

WES Member and all round WES superstar Nina Baker has a new book out. Adventures in Aeronautical Design: The Life of Hilda M. Lyon is the first full biography of the life and work of Hilda Margaret Lyon, a talented mathematician and aeronautical designer. 

Lyon was not 'merely' a trailblazing woman in engineering at a time when women were not expected to be engineers, but also a technical pioneer, respected in her field. 

To find out more or to buy the book please have a look here

The #1 business event for women in the UK!

We are pleased to be partnering with Women in Business Expo 2020. A two-day event designed for all women at any stage of their career or business journey.

Women in Business Expo offers visitors the opportunity and tools...
  • to find an employer that encourages female leadership
  • to support an existing business
  • to launch a new business or franchise
  • to discover opportunities when returning to work after a career break e.g. from being furloughed
Register your interest for 14-15 October 2020 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 

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