February 2021
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the February 2021 edition of the WES newsletter and wishing you all a much easier year this year. 
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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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 £5 a month and helps us to do our work to inspire and support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders.
If you have any news you would like to share with WES, please email us on news@wes.org.uk

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WESUpdatesWES Update and Events
Book your place for the next WES Annual Conference 2021
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 20 April 2021

Registration is now open for this year's WES Virtual Annual Conference, on the theme of 'serving society'. Book your place via the form here.

Tickets are priced at:
WES Members: £48 (incl. VAT)
Non-members: £60 (incl. VAT)

Alongside our keynote speakers Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE and Professor Cath Noakes OBE, the conference will hear from a range of engineers who are 'serving society' through their work, alongside a virtual tour and professional development sessions on topics including job searching in the pandemic and tips for better work-life balance.

We are grateful for the support of our 2021 Conference Sponsors: Amazon, BAE Systems, The Dyson Institute and Ford. For more information or queries, contact us at events@wes.org.uk
Engineering Heroes: International Women in Engineering Day (INWED)
23 June 2021

'Engineering Heroes' will be the theme of this year's International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June 2021.

INWED is the world's biggest initiative celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and allied roles. It gives female engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented in their professions. As the only platform of its kind, it also plays a vital role in encouraging more girls and young women to take up engineering careers.

To keep up to date with plans for INWED 2021, sign up to our dedicated INWED newsletter at inwed.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Our INWED21 Sponsors

INWED is only made possible through sponsorship and in 2021 we are delighted to announce the following organisations are providing their support: Boeing, Cranfield University, Dornan Engineering, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), GCHQ, Institute of Refrigeration, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, OPITO, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Air Force and V12 Footwear.
WES Partner News

In celebration of our new Start Up Partnership package, we are also delighted to announce our first Start Up Partner SME Graduate Employment. Founder, Matthew Parry is an advocate for D&I and passionate about bridging the talent gap between graduates and SME's. Click here to find out more about SME Graduate Employment.
The Start Up Package was created to extend our Partnership opportunities to smaller organisations. To meet the criteria for the Start Up Package you must be in the first 3 years of the Start-Up / Company Registration and have a turnover of less than £250k. If you are interested in knowing more please email: partners@wes.org.uk.
If you are a Partner and want 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.
WES Early Careers Board 

WES ECB member Caitlin McCall has been recognised for her contributions in manufacturing face visors at Swansea University at the outset of the COVID pandemic. She worked to source the materials, set up a production line and prepare the masks to contribute making PPE for frontline staff in the South Wales. Her group achieved the CE mark for their design and has worked closely with industry to transfer the knowledge and technology to a local company in South Wales
Swansea University have published an e-magazine on their positive impacts during the COVID pandemic. Check out all their great work here 

WES and Covid-19 

WES is continuing to operate during the changing times 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 Procrastination 
Eleanor Yong Was I Meant to Do Something Today? 
Events Other News 
Speak Out 

Women working in the Engineering sector have been sharing their experiences with Speak Out which highlight the prevalence of bias, harassment and discrimination which bars women from fully contributing to the profession. From no access to female toilets 'on site', no facilities for expressing breastmilk at work and no option of flexible/part time working (to name a few) it seems the sector has designed women out. 
We want to shine a light on #TheRealityOfBeingAFemaleEngineer and call for change so that the sector may benefit from diversity of thought in the future solutions it delivers to society. 
If you could spare ten minutes to share your experience working in the Engineering sector here so we can advocate for cultural change in our #DesignHerIn campaign running throughout March. Find out more here.
RAEng Industrial Fellowships
The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other.
The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.
  • The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines.
  • There is also an industry to academia fellowship option.
  • Awards can be held from six months to two years full-time or part-time. 
  • The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 (per-annum) towards the basic salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the host organisation. The total award is capped at £100,000 for awards that exceed one year in duration.
For more information please contact research@raeng.org.uk 
RAEng Visiting Professors Scheme - 2021 application round

The Royal Academy of Engineering 2021 Visiting Professors Scheme is now open for applications. This year's round will close on 1st April. The Academy is committed to diversity and inclusion, particularly encouraging more applicants from Post-92 universities and nominees form under-represented groups (i.e. BAMEs, females).
The Scheme brings engineering industrialists into UK universities to enhance both curricular content and teaching and learning approaches in order to develop undergraduate employability skills. Visiting Professors are appointed for 3 years, with yearly honorarium and expenses up to £10,000 for a minimum commitment of 12 days. If you are interested in the scheme, you can find further details here.
Engineer Your Career

Engineer Your Career
Engineer Your Career is a NEW virtual event aimed at GCSE level students through to post graduates. The event will coincide with World Engineering Day to join the celebration of Engineering as a career.
Hosted by Campus Media, the event is designed to stream and watch on demand, showcasing the best of UK engineering talent & employers where you will gain valuable insights into different engineering roles and organisations. Offering the perfect chance to discover more about the industry, talk to employers about their opportunities and get advice on how to work within an industry that is shaping our world.
Attendance & Registration is free for all to attend, for more information have a look here 
Coventry IMechE branch offering online support

The Coventry branch of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are offering schools and university partners support during this lockdown period. If you know of a student who would like help and advice with their CV, then send an email to coventryadsec@imechenearyou.org . One of their team will review the CV and provide a document with their feedback which we will send back to the student. 

If a student would like a mock interview, or you are a teacher looking to organise mock interview sessions with real engineers in industry, then please contact the branch via coventryadchair@imechenearyou.org .

Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers. View it here. View a list of virtual events available to WES Members in the Members Area of the website 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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