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

This month's newsletter has the launch of STEM Returners, 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
Easy Fundraising for WES

WES now has a very easy wa
y for you to help us raise funds from the comfort of your armchair, train seat
 or coffee shop. We have signed up to a shopping website called Easy Fundraising which allows you to raise money for us while you shop without any additional cost to yourself, whether for presents, fashion, insurance, holidays or even takeaways!

To get started visit:  and sign up to donate to WES when you shop. Then every time you do your shopping either via the Easy Fundraising website or app you will be making a contribution to WES. There are a huge number of favourite retailers included and more. We do hope you'll help make this one tiny change and help us to raise more funds. Thank you!
STEM Returners: creating new talent pools in STEM

Are you a professional who has left STEM and struggled to return? Are you already working in STEM and want to transfer to another sector but lack the industry experience? Or are you an employer who wants to access a new talent pool, and positively increase your diversity? 

The Women's Engineering Society (WES), in partnership with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), is excited to be launching a n inspiring new 'STEM Returners Programme' specifically designed to help the thousands of STEM candidates who want to return to engineering after a career break, but fear that their skills are way out of date. The programme will also serve as a transfer of learning programme, to allow employers to attract and re-train engineers from other industries. This is an industry-wide programme and will look to attract diverse candidates from all areas of technical STEM, as well as business roles such as project management, procurement and leadership.  Further information on the WES website .
To find out more about the benefits of running or registering a Returners Programme please visit
2017 WES Student Conference: Engineering Inspiration

24-25 November 2017
Aston University, Birmingham

Fully Booked!

Over 120 students will come together to participate in a full programme of useful and informative sessions under the s ub theme 'Engineering to Change the World', to help them prepare for a career in engineering (and related fields) after completing their studies.
Highlights from the event will be provided in next month's edition of the newsletter.
We would like to thank our conference sponsors and supporters:
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WES Young Members' Board 

WES organises another successful Lottie Tour!
During Tomorrow's Engineers Week (6-10 November 2017) WES organised a Lottie Tour, where engineers posted photos of Lottie at their places of work to show the range of careers available within engineering. A full range of Lottie dolls were used to highlight that any girl can be an engineer, with the hastag #EngineeringForAll being used throughout the week. 

Over 25 WES volunteers posted 235 tweets, acheiving 4,243 likes and retweets at by the end of the week! To see more, search #LottieTour on Twitter.
Loughborough University's WES student group

Loughborough University's WES student group held their first STEM Ambassador training, with 20 new members ready to volunteer at a STEM event at the Leicester High School for Girls in late November.  

Their annual WES Careers fair was once again a huge success, with 16 companies including JLR, Dyson, Caterpillar, JCB and many more, and over 100 young female engineers from all departments.
Swansea Women's Engineering Society 

Swansea Women's Engineering Society successfully launched a mentoring scheme with a scavenger hunt; 37 mentors and mentees took part in the event which was immensely enjoyed by all. 

The first of a number of planned social events kicked off with an energetic trampolining event and a they hosted a STEM Ambassador training session with a Swansea representative, so that next semester they can promote engineering in local schools.

WESBath kicked off the Semester with outreach activities for a workshop with a group of Brownies in Bath and a quiz night social, which even featured a bonus STEM round and some impressive paper aeroplanes (one of which may still be in the Mech Eng design studio ceiling...). 

In the coming months WESBath is planning more outreach and a Christmas meal, where they are inviting some female researchers form the University to share their experience with the students. They're also planning a debate social!
Calling all members in the Cambridgeshire area

The WES Cambridgeshire cluster are invited to attend the CamAWISE Winter Networking at 8pm on Thursday 7 December 2017 in the Reception Rooms at Lucy Cavendish College. Email to sign up for the event - it's only £12 and includes seasonal cakes and drinks. To keep up to date with CamAWISE sign up to their newsletter here. If you'd like to get in touch before the event email the local WES representative at
INWES and WES - International collaboration
WES is a founding member of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists - INWES. This network of networks was set up in 2002 to support the ICWES conferences, running every three years since 1964, and to drive global collaboration. Through INWES, WES can address concerns of WES members with international links and in turn, INWES provides WES with better opportunities to work with partners across Europe, through the regional network INWES-Europe, and beyond. Through INWES, WES can be part of coordinated efforts to influence international bodies such as the UN.

All WES paid-up members are also INWES members. There is much to be done and we welcome input and volunteers from across WES to join in the work of INWES and INWES-Europe and to strengthen links to WES and UK concerns. If you would like to know more, please contact Sarah on or directly

For more information: see, and Follow on Twitter  @INWES_Engineers and on Facebook
WES Council Member Kati Gastrow has been invited to join two EPSRC teams as an independent industry member. 

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering. 

As a member of the Engineering Strategic Advisory Team (SAT), she will contribute to advising the EPSRC on research and training strategy across EPSRC's portfolio. As a member of the Manufacturing The Future Prioritisation Panel, the role will involve prioritising grant proposals from a range of manufacturing research topics.
"I have actively used industry research to make strategic technology decisions for manufacturing, most commonly by combining new technologies in new ways to achieve business objectives sustainably - whether it be RFID, robotics or wireless. While I have not created formal research content of my own in several years, I would like to give back to the engineering research community by serving on these teams."
Women's Business Council Award for WES Past President Dawn Bonfield

Dawn Bonfield MBE, Past President of WES, has won the WBC Awards 2017 'Starting Out' category in her role as Founder and Director of Towards Vision.

Towards Vision is a company which aims to work towards a vision of diversity and inclusion in engineering. Dawn is developing a University undergraduate module on Inclusive Engineering to equip our next generation of engineers with the skills and competencies they need to be inclusive. 

Honorary Doctorate for WES Past President Jan Peters

Jan Peters MBE, Past President of WES, was invited to Bournemouth University on 9 November to collect her honorary doctorate and address this year's engineering and computer science graduates. In her address to students she used the theme of 1980s and 90's hit songs to draw out lessons for the future including: Funboy 3 and Banarama "It ain't what you do..." and Chumbawumba's catchy hit "I fall down. I get up again."! Read more here.
#INWED18 - 23 June 2018

The theme for International Women in Engineering Day 2018 will be launched imminently! 

You can read the Impact Assessment of National Women in Engineering Day 2017 here.

To be kept up to date with all #INWED18 news and useful information relating to the day please sign up to the #INWED18 newsletter here and remember to follow us on Twitter @INWED1919
WES Jobs
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Upcoming Events
Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

17-18 January 2018 [Conference £1295 to £1895 +VAT, Workshop £495 to £595 +VAT]

The Women's Engineering Society is a proud partner of EUCI's Leadership Conference for Women in Energy, January 17-18, 2018 in London. Join WES CEO, Kristen Bodley, and more of Europe's most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organisational change and personal growth. For further information, including discounted registration, please contact Amanda Cramer
See the event flyer here.
Scotland Build 2017 

22-23 November 2017 [Free]
SEC, Glasgow

The leading construction & design show for Scotland:
  • 5,0000+ high-level attendees (contractors, architects, engineers, developers, government, buyers, and more)
  • An exhibition showcasing the latest innovations and technologies from around the world
  • 80+ Conference Speakers and CPD-accredited Workshops (Summits covering: Future Construction, Infrastructure, BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Architecture and more)
  • Celebrity guests, competitions, prize giveaways, entertainment, a beer & whisky festival.
  • Recruitment opportunities
  • Meet the Buyer sessions and networking meetings
Book your FREE tickets to Scotland Build .
The History of Women in Engineering in the UK Conference 

27 November 2017, 09:30 - 17:00 [£25]
IET London: Savoy Place, London

This one day conference aims to explore the long history of women in engineering and to better understand the diverse roles of women in British engineering in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Keynote speaker is WES's historian, Nina Baker. For more information contact Anne Locker at

Next steps for apprenticeships and skills development in Scotland

6 December 2017, 09:00 - 13:00  [£210 plus VAT]
The Principal Edinburgh, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the next steps for Scotland's skills development and apprenticeships policy following introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy and the rollout of foundation and graduate apprenticeships. 

Mince Pies and Networking

7 December 2017, 18:00 - 21.00 [Free]
5 Chancery Lane, London 

You are invited to join us at our annual celebratory event which is an opportunity to network with members and non-members over mince pies and mulled wine.

We will also be announcing the successfully matched pairs in our new mentoring scheme.

Non-members of Women in Transport are welcome but it is essential that all attendees register. Book your free place now!
Young Arab Women Leaders Conference

11 December 2017, 08:45 - 18:30 [Free]

3 Carlton House Terrace, London

The 'Women-Led Innovation in STEM', a highly interactive, impact-driven conference aims to inspire young British and Arab women to enter into STEM careers, and actively connects established women leaders in STEM with rising stars and entrepreneurs in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

2018 Everywoman in Tech Forum

8 February 2018 
[£400+VAT WES Members 10% discount with code DP10]

Energising Tomorrow's World
This empowering one-day event will gather both male and female role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology, inspirational women who have achieved great success within the sector and influential entrepreneurs who will share stories of their journey. The event will be attended by 600 women and men working in tech across industry sectors so offers a fantastic networking opportunity.

Whether you're a manager looking to drive your team's performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate looking to build a career in the tech sector, our inspiring line-up will help give you the skills and motivation you need to succeed.

Book your place at the everywoman in Tech Forum today.
More News
Women in STEM Workforce 2017

Women make up 23% of those in core STEM occupations in the UK and 24% of those working in core STEM industries.

The trends are very positive, with more women working in core STEM than ever before. 61,430 more women work in core STEM (includes science, engineering, information and communications technology and skilled trades) in 2017 than in 2016. The number of men in core STEM fell by 45,980 in the same period.

DSF Skills Survey 2017

Addressing the national engineering skills gap is a common strategic issue for both MOD and industry which can only be addressed through a joined up coherent approach.

The Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF) working group for skills is co-chaired by Air Marshal Julian Young - MOD Defence Engineering Champion - and Kevin Craven - CEO Serco UK & Europe. Their key output is to provide an evidence-based view of the engineering skills landscape within the defence engineering enterprise to assist policy leads in their decision making.

In order to address this we need to understand the detail regarding what supports the supply of skills and what inhibits it. With this purpose in mind, the DSF are undertaking their first biennial survey that can be used as a decision support tool to benchmark the engineering skills landscape across the sector, assess attitudes to engineering skills shortfalls and identify priority areas for focus for interventions that will address such issues.

Participate in the  DSF Skills Survey 2017 here.  Closing date is 15 December 2017.
NED Awards 2018

The Non-Executive Director (NED) Awards is a fantastic 'Oscars' style event run every year and nominations are now open for the 2018 NED Awards. The Awards recognise the achievements of Non-Executive Directors within the Business and Not-For-Profit/Public Sector communities. There are 6 awards: 
  • FTSE 100
  • Quoted Aim
  • Quoted Official List
  • Not for Profit/Public Sector
  • Unlisted/Private Equity
  • NED to Watch, in memory of the late Dame Helen Alexander
If you know a Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director, Chairman or Trustee that deserves recognition please nominate here today.
Pioneer Women in the Professions

Author Jane Robinson is working on a book celebrating the centenary of women's entry into the traditional professions following the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of December 1919. She'll write about pioneer architects, lawyers, doctors, engineers and churchwomen, together with those working in academia and the media during the 1920s and 1930s. 

Jane would like to hear about your favourite female role models of that era. She's looking for strong (but not necessarily high-profile) characters and surprising achievements; inspirational women who through their own efforts and determination helped to shape the family and working lives of professional women today.

Contact her at or c/o Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates, Floor 7, Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street, London W1F 8GQ.
Equate Scotland
Equate Scotland provides a range of career development opportunities for women working in STEM fields in Scotland. From one day courses on a range of subjects (managing change, applying for board positions, assertiveness to name a few) through to a three day career enhancement programme and one to one career clinics. Many of the services are free to access. There is also a subsidised coaching programme offering five sessions over a four month period. 

Allison Johnstone, Equate's Training and Development Manager says: "we know that many women find Equate through word of mouth and recommendation. We are really pleased we can offer many of our career development services for free and we are keen that we reach as many women in Scotland as possible.  

Where Women Work celebrated Tomorrow Engineers Week and Equal Pay Day

Two key opportunities for raising awareness about women's advancement this month saw Where Women Work shine a spotlight on companies committed to supporting the careers pathways of women engineers and also taking action to help close the gender pay gap through equal pay activity. See
#PressforProgress for International Women's Day 2018

With an exciting campaign theme and lots of useful resources being made available, worldwide activity is well underway for IWD 2018. Publish your events, order resources, collaborate and more at
Not to be confused with WES' International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June.
Volunteer at The Big Bang Fair 2018 at The NEC, Birmingham

The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Here at EngineeringUK we know it can be a lot more than that. We know it can be inspiring. We know it can have a real impact on our young visitors. Our volunteers play a vital role in making this award-winning event a massive success!

Every year we showcase interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. We aim to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life. Next year's Fair will be held at The NEC, Birmingham 14-17 March 2018.

View the volunteer role descriptions and apply now to be part of an exciting and rewarding experience. We look forward to seeing you at The Fair!  
Alton School pupil becomes an International Ambassador 

Lauren Shea, a pupil at Alton School, has been announced as the first International Ambassador for TeenTech at a lavish ceremony at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of York. The Hungarian team she mentored won the International Prize category and Lauren's outstanding efforts were recognised by the unique honour of becoming an International Ambassador for the programme. This is hot on the heels of her being the youngest on the list of '50 most influential women in engineering' published in the Daily Telegraph earlier this year.

Lauren was a 2015 TeenTech award winner for her invention of the 'M- Shuttle' - an innovative concept to get lifesaving medical supplies to soldiers on a battlefield. Since then she has supported other TeenTech teams both at home and abroad to develop their ideas, working with teams in Finland, Spain and Hungary as well as younger pupils at Alton School.  Also present at the Buckingham Palace ceremony were pupils from Alton's Lower Sixth (congratulations to Beatrice Pilgrim, Imogen Peterson and Isabel Robinson) who were finalists for a piece of wearable technology they had designed that can detect UV radiation. 
Sold-out Performances of 'On Them Our Lives Depend' 

On Them Our Lives Depend is a play which portrays the working lives of  the 70+ women foundry workers who during WW1 made over 3 million Mills Bombs  at ES Hindley Foundry in North Dorset. Inevitably when the war ended the  women many of whom had become skilled engineers lost their jobs to the  returning men.

Such was the enthusiasm for the Play presented by the Bourton Players & The Bourton WW1 Project that many supporters were unable to get tickets. Which just goes to show how much interest there still is in the history of Women's struggle for equality in the workplace.
WES Partners News
WES is delighted that the University of Warwick has joined as an Education Partner.

We would like to thank the following Partners renewing with WES for another year: BAE Systems which renews as an Event Partner, the highest level of WES annual partnership. Also the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and  Malvern Instruments, both renewing as Company Partners; and Glasgow Caledonian University renewing as an Education Partner.

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

WES' activity and attendance at external events 
  • 25 October, Graduate Engineer Show, Apprentice Engineer Show, Derby, Suzanne Smith and Sienna Carlton represented WES on the stand
  • 26 October, eCITB Awards Dinner, attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 1 November, Women in Defence Awards, Northrop Grumman, Plasterer's Hall, London, attended by Kirsten Bodley 
  • 1 November, Launch of the Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing Mentoring Programme 2017/18, Brunel University, London, Benita Mehra was a speaker and Petra Gratton attended
  • 6 November WES London cluster meeting
  • 6 November, Rolls Royce Science Prize Event, Science Museum, London attended by Kirsten Bodley and Deborah Harris
  • 7 November, Diversity and inclusion: can the engineering profession rise to the challenge? London, attended by Yasmin Ali
  • 8 November, Aston University Women in TEC Conference, Birmingham, attended by Adrienne Houston
  • 11 November, Equal Engineers Student 7 Graduate Careers Fair, Birmingham, Dawn Bonfield represented WES on the panel and Kim Everett ran the WES stand
  • 15 November, Gender balance in the infrastructure industry Roundtable discussion, London, attended by Benita Mehra
  • 15 November, Engineering Professors Council Recruitment and Admissions Forum, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sarah Peers was a speaker
  • 16-18 November, Skills Show, Birmingham, attended by Dawn Childs
  • 17 November, TfL and LoHAC Contractors Apprentice Forum, Kirsten Bodley is on the Judging Panel
  • 17 November, BSRIA annual conference, Benita Mehra is attending 
  • 20 November, Annual Presentation and Award Ceremony IMechE, London, to be attended by Charlie Allen and Chiara Heide
  • 23 November, Corps Autumn guest Dinner Night, to be attended by Benita Mehra
  • 24 November, National Engineering Recruitment Show (NECR), Birmingham
  • 24-25 November, WES Engineering Inspiration Student Conference, Aston University
  • 27 November, Seminar on the history of women in engineering, IET, Savoy Place, London to be attended by Shiva Dowlatshahi, Ceryl Evans, Carol Morris, Jessica Wade and Alice White
  • 1 December, Future Engineer, ICE, London, to be attended by Benita Mehra
  • 6 December, Stellar, to be attended by Dawn Childs, Kirsten Bodley and Benita Mehra
  • 6 December, POWERful Women Ambassador's Reception, London to be attended by Roseni Dearden
  • 7 December, IET YWE event, to be attended by Kirsten Bodley, Yasmin Ali, Roseni Dearden, Jay Surti, Katherine Critchley, Natalie Desty and Ursula Heng
  • 8 December, CIHT Annual Luncheon, to be attended by Kirsten Bodley
  • 11 December, Young Arab Women Leaders Conference, London to be attended by Benita Mehra
  • 14 December, Promoting Women in STEM conference, Manchester, Kirsten Bodley will be speaking
  • 12-13 December, Refuaid mentoring at Estee Lauder office, to be attended by Benita Mehra
  • 13 December Women 100 leadership and influence strategic forum Royal academy Sandhurst, to be attended by Benita Mehra who will be on a panel discussion and a co-facilitator
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