November 2020
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. 
We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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WESUpdatesWES Update and Events
WES Caroline Haslett Lecture & Awards 2020

Online, Thursday 10 December 2020 18:30-20:00

This WES annual event will once again celebrate the 2020 winners of the Karen Burt Memorial Award for the best female newly chartered engineer, the Men as Allies Award and the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award.

This year we are honoured to have Amanda Fisher, Chief Executive of Amey, give the annual Caroline Haslett Lecture. Amanda Fisher was appointed Chief Executive of Amey in December 2019, having been Managing Director of Facilities Management, Defence and Justice at Amey since August 2017. For more information about the Awards and to register online please go here.
Relaunch of She's an Engineer

She's an Engineer, a WES role models initiative, has relaunched this month.
Take a look at our library of WES Member profiles, aimed at helping guide career choices and educate about opportunities within engineering for those just setting out or considering a change.  WES Members are invited to submit their profile to showcase their engineering experiences as well as promote STEM to those new to it.  View She's an Engineer here.

WES Partner News

Upcoming Webinars - Open to the public
This webinar will host Amit Kotecha from the Capability & Development Team at Network Rail. Find out more about why Network Rail is committed to delivering a national 'early engagement' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outreach programme, bringing role models into the lives of young people and their influencers, to show them the diversity of career opportunities in rail.

The session will then be followed with Jane Atkinson, Engineering and Automation Executive Director for Bilfinger UK Limited who will be discussing: A Practitioners Guide to Leadership. 

To book please go here

2021 Upcoming Partner Webinars - Open Only to Partners
Here is a sneak preview of our upcoming webinars for 2021. If you are the main contact for your WES Partnership, you will be invited to register for these sessions.
  • Implementing Diversity Networks in your Organisation - 21 Jan 10am
  • Recruitment, Retention & Creating and Developing an Inclusive EDI Action Plan - 28 Jan 10am
  • Smallpeice trust and Stemazing: Strategy for Engineering Early Engagement - 25 Feb 10am
For more info on these sessions or Partnership, please email

If you are a Partner and want to share your initiatives with the WES network, please contact Is your organisation doing amazing work but not yet a WES Partner? Get in touch and we can talk about the packages available or call Beatrice Pryor (Partnerships Manager) on: 07742 933238.
Recordings of WES Member events available on website

WES is always committed to showing the enormous range of careers available within engineering, and this is especially apparent when looking at the different speakers of Cluster-led Member events that have taken place this year.  

Now available on the website for WES members, hear WES members talk about their engineering projects or 'passions' including space exploration, tunnelling, electric vehicles and London accessibility.  Access the recordings here. 

Alternatively, click here for information about how to access the Members area of the website.

WES Early Careers Board 

 New STEM Challenge 

The latest WES ECB YouTube challenge features WES ECB board members Imisi Joseph and Victoria Barbour-Smith. Both members compete to see who can create the tallest structure using spaghetti and wine-gum sweets in only five minutes!

This is the latest of the new series of STEM Challenges and has been produced by WES ECB board member Kim Everitt. Upcoming releases include a spooky themed science quiz, bridge engineers being put to the test and even more activities. The challenges aim to showcase that engineering can be fun and how sheer competition can inspire the inner engineer/scientist/technologist within all of us. Subscribe here to our YouTube channel to stay up to date with all of our releases.

#WESLottieTour 2020 

Lottie in space_
In an uncertain year with the majority of events cancelled, it was a welcome relief to be able to run the fifth WES Lottie Tour.

Volunteers got hugely creative this year with Lottie getting involved in some incredible DIY projects, lockdown adventures and the odd Teams call here and there. In the end we had over 70 volunteers taking part from around the world from companies such as Amazon, Arup, Hitachi, WSP, Ramboll and universities including the University of Exeter, UWE, Swansea University and Loughborough University. We also received loads of volunteer profiles, and these are available to download from the WES Lottie Tour website for WES volunteers to use as a resource when attending STEM events. 

The WES Lottie Tour website also has other resources including our WES poster, Lottie Lockdown adventure books and a gallery showing WES Lottie Tour photos from previous years. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to our first sponsor this year, GKN Automotive and of course to all our amazing volunteers who managed to get some incredible Lottie photos in a very challenging year. If you would like any more information on the Lottie tour, please have a look at our website or send us an email at:
WES Cluster News 
WES Herts & Beds Cluster Members Win Digital Manufacturing Awards

Many congratulations to Kati Gastrow and Kim Everitt who were selected for Digital Manufacturing Week's, The Manufacturer Top 100. 
The Manufacturer Top 100 publicly recognises individual contributions to the greater UK manufacturing community. This can include changing the face of industry, finding new markets, investing in people, processes, technology, and customers.

Kati Gastrow, Global Engineering Manager at Unilever was awarded the Inspiring Leader Award and
Kim Everitt, Powertrain Calibration Engineer at Aston Martin Lagonda was awarded the Young Pioneer and Unsung Hero Awards.

For the full list of nominees have a look here.
WES South Coast Cluster

New ICE series to celebrate engineers of all abilities 

The new online event series, organised by the Kent and East Sussex branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), will shine a spotlight on people with disabilities and impairments who have carved out a successful career in the engineering industry.  

Starting on 20 January 2021, the first talk 'How to nurture neurodiversity at work and why it matters' will be delivered by Martin Griffin, a geotechnical engineer with COWI who is neurodivergent, autistic and partially sighted.  

This series aims to celebrate their achievements, how different abilities contribute to the industry, show the careers available in engineering and provide role models for young people, particularly those who may have a disability or impairment. For more information please email
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 Moana
Events Other News 
Workplace Equality Fund & Women Returners Programme in Scotland

The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills launched a call for applications for the Workplace Equality Fund 20/21 and Women Returners Programme 2020 on 4 November 2020. Please find a link to the press release announcing the fund here.
Both funds will be delivered with a short timescale and within this financial year 2020-21, therefore projects will run for a maximum of 3 months only from January - March 2021. We acknowledge that short term funding is not the ideal situation but we are confident that there is scope for organisations to run dedicated and focussed activity within the remainder of this financial year. We envisage projects delivering short and sharp interventions that will encourage and support employers to embrace and develop their diversity and inclusion journeys and support women return to employment within this difficult Covid-19 working environment.
Information on the criteria and how to apply for the Workplace Equality Fund can be found here.

Information on the criteria and how to apply for the Women Returners Programme can be found here.
Unicode 20/21

If you're a student with an interest in coding, join Unicode 20/21 for the chance to win prizes - including a trip to San Francisco - and impress some of the UK's biggest employers with your coding ability. 

For more details about how to enter have a look here.
Promoting STEM by Engineering Together

Engineering Together is a group of engineering institutions and bodies, including WES Tyne and Tees, working together to promote engineering in all its forms.

Engineering Together would like our website visitors to see the full range of engineering and engineers.  Aspiring engineers and scientists need to 'see people like them' to get them interested and set them on a career in STEM. WES Members can help. Let's flood the internet with positive role models. 

You can enter the competition by sending photos of you on your own or with friends / family doing one of our STEM activities or help by contributing to the website in anyway; blogs, YouTube, role model profiles, or something else. You can win monthly prizes with extra special Amazon voucher prizes awarded at the end of the year.  What have you got to lose?  Have a look at the website here

MKC Training

MKC Training have recently developed virtual training in Project and Programme Management and IT Service Management (ITIL4) for anyone who is thinking about upskilling or retraining. 
In addition to their regular timetable of public and in-company courses, MKC Training also builds courses in Engineering, Construction and Health and Safety to suit individual business's needs. 

Click here to find out more about, and book courses across a range of subjects in construction, engineering, management and health and safety compliance.
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 

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