August 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the August edition of the WES newsletter.
In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and all the celebrations that have happened or are happening for our Centenary year. 
We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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2019 Engineering Census

During our Centenary Year WES is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. 

Please help us by taking part and inviting other engineers (both women and men) to share their views. The social media hashtag is #EngineeringCensus.

The survey can be taken here
Nominations open for the WES Awards
We are seeking nominations from those who have gone 'above and beyond' their work remit or role to improve diversity within engineering and applied sciences in general.

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award , launched in 2016, honours an individual who is currently working in a non-engineering role who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering diversity within engineering and applied sciences. This award serves to recognise the efforts of an individual in inspiring more women to enter and/or remain in the engineering and technical professions.  Click here to apply
With men holding the majority of roles within engineering and applied sciences, it is crucial that they are involved in making the cultural changes needed to attract and retain women in engineering and applied sciences. The  Men as Allies Award    seeks to celebrate a male engineer, or other professional male working within the engineering, technical and applied science sectors, who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences in general.  Click here to apply
When Things Go Wrong - Talk with Dawn Childs
11th September 2019
Brighton Cafe Scientifique, Latest Music Bar, Brighton, 8pm
Brighton Cafe Scientifique will be hosting a presentation by WES President, Dawn Childs, who will be speaking about three case studies of significant events that she has worked through, or where she has dealt with the recovery and investigation. 

Cafe Scientifique  is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.  To book please go  here .
Electrifying Women

This new 7 month AHRC-funded project for impact and engagement aims to broaden public awareness of the long participation of women in engineering, in order to help normalise women's position in the field.  The project works alongside WES in its centenary activities.

Over the next seven months, the team will deliver a  schedule of nationwide public lectures in order to share the fresh narratives about women's past participation in engineering to a range of audiences, including local history groups, universities, museums, libraries and local history organisations. The team will also be hosting creative writing activities and Wikithons, blogging and much more besides.

To find out more about the events have a look here.
Heritage Open Days

As part of the Centenary Trail Project, WES is taking part in a number of PEOPLE POWER Heritage Open Days which are taking place between 13 - 22 September around the UK.

Combine your love of engineering with history and come along to one of these events. For more detailed information see   here .
Destroy the Sex Monopoly

A new temporary exhibition has opened at Brooklands Museum to celebrate the Centenary of the Women's Engineering Society (WES). 'Destroy the Sex Monopoly' tells the stories of six women who have worked or raced at Brooklands and broken in to the 'men's world' of engineering. Stories span from Beatrice Shilling developing her restrictor in the 1940s to Abbie Hutty (a former Brooklands volunteer) working on the ExoMars Rover due to launch in 2020.  Hutty has been included in this exhibition to highlight how extracurricular activities like volunteering at a museum can lead to a career in engineering.

With so many stories to tell over the last hundred years - and only one space in which to tell them - the exhibition has been designed so that panels can be rotated to reveal even more Brooklands women in engineering. Royal Holloway have loaned several objects belonging to Beatrice Shilling, including a replica of her famous orifice.

'Destroy the Sex Monopoly' runs throughout 2019.

For more information about the museum  see

WES Centenary Women

Caroline Haslett 

Dame Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) was an electrical engineer and administrator. She started work as a secretary with the Cochran Boiler Company but asked to be transferred to the works for practical engineering training. In 1919 she became WES' first secretary and edited The Woman Engineer, believing that engineering, especially electricity, could help remove women from drudgery. She co-founded the Electrical Association for Women in 1924 and became its first director, having a strong influence on the development of domestic electricity use and the safety design of electrical devices including the plug socket. 

She was President of WES from 1939 to 1941 and the only woman appointed to the new British Electricity Authority in 1947. A collier vessel in their fleet was named Dame Caroline Haslett much to her delight. In 1950 she was elected president of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. At her request, she was cremated by electricity. WES holds the annual Caroline Haslett Lecture in her memory. Dame Caroline features on the WES Centenary Trail map  and her Wikipedia page  is one of the 17.89% articles written about women.
News from our WES Members 

WES London Cluster

Get your Finances in Check!  
9 September 2019, Canary Wharf, London

Are you struggling to get a handle on your finances? Or feel you could be doing more to manage them?  Or maybe you're on top of things but are keen to learn some additional tips.  Whatever your financial situation, if you're keen to learn something new then this event is for you.  

We've teamed up with  Morrinson Wealth Management,  part of St. James's Place Wealth Management, to hold a finance event to help you.  The wealth management company will be providing a free 40 minute session on financial education providing  high level guidance on investments, tax and ISAs.

For more information or to sign up for the event go hereThis event is open to fully paid up Members of WES only.  Find out about the benefits of WES Membership and join online.
WES Young Members' Board 

WES 100 Violets Challenge
We're looking for enthusiastic engineers who want to gain experience in public engagement to take part in the WES 100 Violets Challenge, celebrating the centenary year of the society! 

To design and make an exhibit which celebrates and showcases your area of engineering/research, and shares this with the public.

What does this mean?
  • We want you to design something that showcases an area of engineering, industry or research, that you want the public to know more about.
  • This can be as broad or narrow as you choose - from one specific project or detail to an entire industry, or anything in between.
  • The winning designs will be given up to £1500 to turn their idea into reality, specialist public engagement training and the opportunity to accompany their design to two exhibitions to put it into action, plus keep it for their own STEM use going forwards.
To apply go 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 Stack You'll Grow Into It
Eleanor Yong Revision Break
Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
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British Science Festival 2019  
10-13 September 2019, Coventry and Warwickshire  

The British Science Festival  will this year be run in partnership with the University of Warwick. Every year it travels to a new city in the UK, bringing a vast array of events, performances and exhibitions with a scientific twist.

Events in previous years have included algorithmic raves, tree listening, aquarium takeovers, beat-boxing, public lectures and interactive workshops.

The Festival will celebrate the world-leading research taking place at the University of Warwick and more broadly across Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. It will shine a spotlight on areas such as energy, transport, healthcare and digital innovation.

To book please go
here .
RAEng Image Library Request
Google 'engineer' and the search results offer a singular view of the profession, one that supports stereotypical ideas that engineering only happens in hard hats or on construction sites.  The images lack diversity in the faces of the people and in the disciplines of engineering represented. The Royal Academy of Engineering aims to change how engineering is perceived online, in media, and in the public perception. 

To deliver this, we are creating a public image library and are asking engineers and networks to donate images that can help change outdated stereotypes. We're particularly keen to receive images that:
·         convey teamwork, problem-solving or creativity
·         depict positive, but natural, facial expressions
·         convey how engineering can help people and make a difference

If you have suitable images or would like further information about the campaign, please email:
Highways UK 2019  
6 - 7 November 2019, NEC Birmingham  

WES is an official Supporter of the Highways UK 2019 event 6 - 7 November at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the flagship event for and about roads for a modern connected Britain.

From 'Big Thinking' conference sessions, to keynote addresses from senior personalities, to more focussed industry briefings, to innovation showcases and competitions; add to this an energetic and optimistic vibe, 200 exhibitors and that it is free to attend, Highways UK represents a compelling visit. 
If you are involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK's road network register for free  here.
Partner WES Partners news

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