October 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the October edition of the WES newsletter. 

In this month's newsletter we have all the latest WES updates, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news.

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Dawn Childs appointed as new WES President

Following the Council Meeting on 13 October WES is delighted to announce that the new WES President is Dawn Childs. As President, Dawn will be WES' figurehead into our centenary year. 

'It is both an honour and huge responsibility to be President of WES as we approach our Centenary year. There is much to do to nurture, support and encourage women in engineering to reach their true potential and to ensure that the future pipeline is strong. It is unfortunate that our progress in this regard so far is not yet as successful as I know it could be. The reflection on our last 100 years and celebration of our amazing predecessors is a fabulous time to add even more weight to our message and inspire so many more women to both step into and thrive within this wonderful profession. I very much look forward to meeting, supporting and gaining inspiration from all of our current members and hope to gather and inspire many more!' Dawn Childs. October 2018

WES would also like to welcome Sophie Dent and Yasmin Ali to the Council, and to welcome Milada Williams back after her year's sabbatical. 
WES Caroline Haslett Lecture and Awards Ceremony
WES is delighted to announce that Susan Deeny of Ove Arup & Partners is the winner of this year's Karen Burt Memorial Award. This annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer recognises excellence and potential in the practice of engineering as well as offering 
recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.  A Senior Fire Engineer Ove Arup & Partners, Susan had this to say about winning the Award:
"I am truly delighted to receive the Karen Burt Memorial Award from the Women's Engineering Society. Engineering has been such a challenging and rewarding career for me. ..I believe our built environment would be better for all of us if the people engineering it are  representative of our society. So I'm pleased to represent the Women's Engineering Society which inspires and supports women in all stages of their career."

Two other prizes were also presented at the awards ceremony: the WES Men as Allies Award won by Stephen Reid, Head of Development at Formulate Digital and the WES Amy Johnson Inspiration Award which was awarded to Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-founder of Cognition X. For more about the Awards please visit the WES website

The Caroline Haslett Lecture was given by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon OBE, co-founder of STEMettes, the award-winning social enterprise which is inspiring the next generation of 
females into STEM roles. This insightful presentation was followed by a lively drinks reception. Here's  what some of the Members said about the event:

"Really inspiring presentations, good opportunity to mix with female engineers" 

 "I always learn something new and come away feeling really go od. So thank you" .

Congratulations to all our award winners and a big thank you to all the who joined us for such a wonderful celebration.
WES AGM and Internal Award Winners

The Women's Engineering Society's AGM was held on 2 October 2018. At the meeting Nina Baker was announced as the winner of the Isabel Hardwich Award. This award i s awarded to a WES member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the Women's Engineering Society over a number of years and gone above and beyond the call of duty  

It was also announced that WES Treasurer Alison Carey had won the Gillian Skinner Award which looks to r ecognise all the "behind the scenes" contributions to WES by volunteers. Congratulations to both Nina and Alison and thank you for all your amazing work with the Women's Engineering Society. 
Breaking Industry Stereotypes

WES Trustee, Ursula Heng was recently featured in a Guardian article representing P&G in September, to raise the importance of breaking through industry stereotypes, and helping nurture the next generation of women in STEM. 

To read the whole article please go  here  
Outstanding Contribution Award

We would like to congratulate WES Member Elizabeth Rickard who has received an award from BSIF for outstanding contribution to the British Safety Industry - in relation to formalising training for her specialist sector via the Apprenticeship Frameworks.
WES London Cluster

Women in STEM Leadership Event

In September WES London Cluster Committee Member Margherita Latronico embarked on an incredible journey to bring light to Ralakung, one of the most remote Himalalayan villages. Joining the Global Himalayan Expedition, she helped implement a development model for the un-electrified Ralakung community, by providing energy access through solar micro-grids.  You can read about Margherita's incredible and emotional adventure

Committee Meetings - Search for Permanent Venue
The WES London cluster is searching for a permanent venue to host all our monthly meetings in 2019. If you think your company can support us please get in touch. We'd also like to thank Firstco (WES Corporate Partner) for hosting the WES London Cluster committee meeting on 29 September. 

If you're located in London or visiting the city, our meetings are open to all WES members. Our next meetings are on 3 October at AECOM and 1  November at the TFL offices. Meetings are open to all WES Members.  Contact us on weslondoncluster@gmail.com to find out more.
Do you want to join us at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award?
On December 6 the London Cluster Committee will be dressing up and representing WES at the IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards at the IET. If you would like to join us, or let us know you're attending so we can say 'Hi', email us at  weslondoncluster@gmail.com .
WES Young Members' Board 

New University Groups Board

The first meeting of the WES University Groups Board (UGB) was held on the 21 September at Imperial College.  The UGB is formed of nine University St udents leading their WES-affiliated group and looks to provide the opportunity to build up a network of contacts as well as to share experiences and tips.  Alongside the board, the meeting was attended by Elizabeth Donnelly (WES CEO), Cath Heslop (WES Office Manager), Sophie Hutchins (WES YMB Chair) and Jo Douglas-Harris (WES Trustee). The meeting involved lots of interesting discussions about the group's plans for the coming academic year and inspiring tips.


With over 150 WES volunteers involved with #LottieTour, this year is going to be bigger and better than ever! #LottieTour is a social media campaign during Tomorrow's Engineers Week (5-9 November) where volunteers take photos of a Lottie doll at work to show the range of careers available in engineering. You can see the pictures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram during #TEWeek18 by searching for #LottieTour. 

Unfortunately WES doesn't have any more Lottie dolls to lend to volunteers, but you can still take part if you  have your own Lottie doll. There's more information about posting pictures 

JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
Apprenticeship Schemes
Returners Schemes
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 The IT Technician and Moana (Click on image to open)
Eleanor Yong Stack Overflow (Click on image to open)

Events Upcoming Events
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Visiting Teaching Engineers Scheme
The Visiting Teaching Engineers (VTE) scheme brings professional female engineers or technicians into FE colleges to enrich learning experiences and to create role models for those studying STEM subjects, especially females, encouraging them to pursue careers as professional engineers/technicians.

Under the scheme, an FE college will apply to host a female industrial practitioner who will support the delivery of face-to-face teaching, enhancing the learning experience. 
The scheme forms part of a major, sector-wide initiative, led by the Academy, to encourage women and other groups underrepresented in the engineering profession, to pursue careers as engineers and technicians.

If your college is interested in applying please have a look here for more details and to make an application.
Advanced Engineering conference 2018
NEC Birmingham, 31 October - 1 November 2018

The Advanced Engineering conference is celebrating its tenth year in 2018 and  will have an expanded Connected Manufacturing show zone, as well as the launch of a new co- located event, Nuclear Engineering,   

For more information about the Advanced Engineering conference please  go  here
NECR conference 2018
NEC Birmingham, 30 November - 1 December 

The NECR conference offers the opportunity to meet industry-leading employers, as well as employability workshops and the Women in Engineering Forum. The latter takes place on Friday 30 November between 11:30 - 13:00 which includes a networking lunch. It's free to attend.

For more information about the NECR conference please  visit the website  here
Data Driven Culture Change Event

For the last seven years, the Royal Academy of Engineering has been delivering a programme to increase diversity and inclusion (D&I) across engineering. This year's annual D&I Programme event will provide a platform to launch the headlines from a survey that looked at D&I in engineering employment and show how data can be effective in driving culture change within engineering. For more information about the event and to book tickets please go here.
Susan Robson ranked number one in Top 50 Future Leaders

WES is delighted that Susan Robson, Principal Consultant of National Grid has been ranked number one for 'Top 50 Future Leaders' in the FT's Champion of Women in Business 2018. 

Susan chairs the National Grid's women's employee resource group, which she joined in 2015, and works to bring the ERG's mission in line with the business initiatives of National Grid. She also leads a programme at the company to encourage men to become more active in the diversity debate. 

To read an interview with Susan and to see the full list of winners, visit the Financial Times website.
Global Engineering conference 2018
London, 22 - 26 October 2018

This October the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will bring together a worldwide community of engineers to look at how engineers can create real change and to plan how the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can be met. The world urgently needs to take action on climate change and engineers have a vital role to play in delivering clean water, sustainable energy and a connected world. For more information about the Congress please have a look here.
Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP)

I n partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the  Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP)  has been running for the past three years. The GEEP aims to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession with the vision to create an inclusive profession that inspires, attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society.

The two day events 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 for a role within engineering. There will be a series of workshops focusing on strengthening CVs, helping participants ace competency interviews, group exercises as well as technical interviews. Additionally, participants will get the chance to speed network with representatives from up to 16 partner firms including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Network Rail and WSP. 

The GEEP is open to students of all years of study as well as recent graduates studying relevant degrees for the engineering industry. Students will be required to attend both days of the events that they are selected for.

Information on how to apply can be found here
Tomorrow's Engineers Campaign Resources 

Tomorrow's Engineers have produced a range of social media templates for Tomorrows Engineers Week 2018 (#TEWeek18), which you can adapt for your own requirements. If you'd like to get involved please visit here to download the templates and follow the simple instructions to tailor them to your organisation. If you use the official hashtag #TEWeek Tomorrow's Engineers can retweet any content you use. 

Forward Ladies Survey

Workforce diversity in the STEM sector is a major challenge. In fact just 13% of the entire UK STEM workforce is female. How do we attract more girls and women into STEM? 

The Forward Ladies 2018 survey 'Bridging the Gap' looks to find answers to this questio n and wants to hear from you. 
For more information and to take part in the survey, which closes on the 25 October, please go  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 us on corporates@wes.org.uk.  

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