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

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on INWED18 events and bring you updates from WES, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news.

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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.  The winners will be presented their award at the WES Caroline Haslett Lecture and Awards Ceremony in London in October 2018.

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award

Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, launched in 2016, honours a non-engineer who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering the diversity agenda 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.

Men as Allies Award
Applying for the awards
The closing date for both awards is 31 August 2018.  Further information can be found  here.


Thank you to everyone who was involved with  International Women in Engineering Day 2018 . Your support of this international awareness campaign meant that we reached over 2.5million people on social media worldwide!! To date we have had over 240 events registered with us, with nearly 50 being held internationally! 

We are thrilled at how everyone has helped us with #RaisingTheBar for women in engineering and promoting engineering as a career to children this year, it really is invaluable - thank you! The full evaluation report will be available in the next few months.

Heritage Lottery Funding Award for WES

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded WES a £66,800 grant for the WES Centenary Trail.
WES has had many notable members, yet the only member who features widely in the popular historical narrative is pilot Amy Johnson. The WES Centenary Trail aims to redress this by creating an interactive online map recording and sharing the history of WES with a wider public, building an audience for local and women's history connected with WES from new and improved Wikipedia entries. 

For more information about the project please go here
The Centenary Trail Project Officer job is currently being advertised here and we hope to have the successful candidate in post in the autumn, when the project will start in earnest.

Call for sponsors: WES Student Conference 2018

Date: 23 - 24 November 2018
Location: Warwick University 
We are looking for sponsors to exhibit at the WES Student Conference.   A great opportunity to support future engineers and meet 150 female engineering undergraduates by exhibiting at the WES Student Conference. 

This is an annual two-day event, bringing together students, academics and early-mid career engineers & colleagues to explore career options and pathways to technical leadership.

WES Student Conference Bursaries Available

Are you interested in attending the conference in November at Warwick University? Worried you may struggle to cover the costs to attend - DON'T WORRY! If you are a female undergraduate student on a mechanical engineering, manufacturing, design, chemical, computing, materials, electronic engineering or similar course, you are eligible to apply for a bursary.

Please note: Deadline for applications is Sunday 30 September 2018.
WES Centenary Dinner

WES will be holding a centenary dinner on 14 June 2019. The dinner will be held at the IET (London) and tickets will cost in the region of £100. If you are interested in attending the Centenary Dinner please email Dawn Bonfield at dawnbonfield@btinternet.com, stating how many tickets you would like. 

WES are also looking for any members who have expertise in graphic design who can help with the branding and flyers for this event; or members with an expertise in flower arranging to help with the table centre arrangement.  If you can help with either of these please get in touch with Dawn on the email address above.

Forward Ladies  

WES have recently partnered with Forward Ladies on a 'Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM 2018 Report', a survey asking STEM employees about their experiences working in the sector. 

This survey is crucial in bringing a collective diverse voice to current discussions and also understanding which initiatives are working in attracting and retaining talent across all STEM. The report will particularly focus on data that will help inspire future talent into the sector with a new "junior" section tailored to the 18-14year old demographic to help inspire future talent.

To take part in the survey please go here

Many congratulations to WES Council member Dr Jess Wade on winning the 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize

Jess has been recognised as acting as an international ambassador for STEM, enhancing engagement across a wide range of demographics, through sustained and stimulating community engagement and outreach. Among her many outreach activities, she has represented the UK on the US State Department International Visitor Leadership Programme 'Hidden No More', and worked with teachers across the country through the 'Stimulating Physics Network'.

Well done Jess!

WES Young Members' Board 

Volunteers needed for #LottieTour 2018!

WES is organising its third #LottieTour this year for Tomorrow's Engineers Week in November, to show how varied and exciting it is to work in engineering!
Volunteers will need to take photos of a Lottie doll in their place of work to post online from their own or their company's social media accounts during #TEWeek18. 

If you don't have a Lottie doll fill in this  form
 to borrow one from WES, and you can find out more information about the #LottieTour here

If you have any questions please email the WES YMB ( ymb@wes.org.uk ).

YMB and Pythagoras' Trousers

Pythagoras' Trousers is a weekly science & technology magazine show from The IET, broadcast on Radio Cardiff. It is presented by Rhys Phillips and former WES YMB board member, Yasmin Ali, and sponsored by Airbus.

The YMB's chair, Sophie Hutchins, appeared on the show and discussed the recent images from the ALMA observatory in Chile. These pictures show planet formation around a young star 450 light years away and Sophie explained the importance of the work the observatory does in providing observations of the universe to confirm, challenge and discover new theories.

Catch up with their discussions on MixCloud and on twitter @PythagTrousers

 WES members engage with EPSRC

YMB Chair Sophie Hutchins has recently joined the Engineering Early Career Forum (ECF) of the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The forum acts as an informal advisory stream to the research council, representing early career views. Sophie joins WES Council member Kati Gastrow who is part of the EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team. Together they will be working with EPSRC on centenary celebrations for next year.

Summer Edition of WES Journal 'The Woman Engineer' out now


As well as containing all the latest news from WES, this issue features an in-depth focus on INWED.  View as a pdf


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JobsWES Jobs

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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.

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Events Upcoming Events
For more on events happening soon please go to our website here
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Design Awards 
For the third year, Heatrae Sadia is running a Design Awards competition for university students. The brief is to 'design an innovative product in the water heating product category for commercial or domestic markets'.
The award is launching earlier than usual this year to allow course lecturers time to include the competition as a project option and part of their syllabus. The competition will open to students in September and the closing date is 11th January 2019.

Please  click here  to visit the Design Awards 2019 webpage where you can find the competition brief, key dates, terms and conditions and other information.

Ingenious Grant Scheme Open
Ingenious, the Royal Academy of Engineering's public engagement grant scheme is now open for applications.  Apply now  for funding for between £3,000 and £30,000. 
Ingenious is a grant scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Ingenious projects provide opportunities for engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society.
Projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds are prioritised.
Funding will be awarded in April 2019 with projects running from May 2019 to July 2020. For more information on how to apply visit the website here.  

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2018.

Global Engineering Congress
22-26 October 2018, London

The Global Engineering Congress will identify practical ways to fund, deliver and streamline projects and improve the lives of millions of people. The programme will explore frameworks for managing diversity and inclusiveness and
retention strategies for mid-career women. 

Book today to participate in sessions with internationally renowned experts including Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of the Division for Gender Equality at UNESCO, Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and WES Patron, Alexandra Howe from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and many more.
Designing inclusive engineering education

UCL Centre for Engineering Education with the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a new report that draws together good practice on embedding inclusion into engineering. The report presents a model for reviewing and tweaking course design and activities to inculcate an inclusive mindset in educators and students.

 Report author, Jan Peters, past WES President, says she hopes that the report will strike up new conversations across engineering departments about inclusion and what it means in practice. 

Jan will be launching a series of workshops to support the report in the Autumn.Have a look here for more info. 
University of Warwick Introduces BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship

The University of Warwick has recently introduced a  BEng Civil Engineering degree apprenticeship and would like to encourage interested WES members to apply or to spread the word to any female friends, relatives or colleagues. For more information about the degree apprenticeship have a look  here.

Beatrice Shilling: Unsung Stories

Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of culture and heritage, is launching a ground-breaking arts project for September 2018, as part of its Extraordinary Women theme. 

The Unsung Stories project sits alongside Heritage Open Days' wider Extraordinary Women programme, comprising hundreds of events which explore and reveal the stories and achievements of women often overlooked by conventional history. From historical figures such as engineering graduate and motor racer Beatrice Shilling to women living today, Heritage Open Days 2018 celebrates and commemorates a nation of Extraordinary Women. 

For more information visit the Heritage Open Days Website here
Female Assessors Needed

Innovate UK are currently looking to recruit more female assessors to have a better balanced assessor portfolio for their competitions going forward, starting with Women in Innovation.

They are currently seeking people with expertise within any of the four key sectors from academia and industry: Healthy ageing and nutrition; AI and Data Economy; Clean Growth and Infrastructure; and Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility.

If you are interested in becoming a paid assessor for Innovate UK, please email 
eve.eyres@innovateUK.gov.uk  with your name, email address, Innovation Sector, Innovation Area and a copy of your CV.
Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing & Natural Scientists

INWES members have been asked to support a UNESCO backed survey from the
Gender Gap in S cience project. 

The 2018 Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists, is open for responses from May 1st, 2018 until October 31st, 2018. Respondents can be men and women, in all fields represented by the partnering Unions and all regions of the world. 

Please forward this link http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18 to colleagues who wish to take part in the survey.

Industry Apprentice Council 2018 Survey

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) facilitated by Semta, is a group of apprentices acting on behalf of apprentices in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

Each year they conduct a survey to find out how apprentices rate their apprenticeships, how they could be improved and what sources of support and guidance helped to inform their career choice.  The results are extensively promoted and shared with industry leaders, education bodies and government to help shape future apprenticeship policy.

To complete the survey visit the website  here.
Network Rail Property Returners Programme

Network Rail is launching its 2018 Property Returners Programme. Applications are welcome from experienced professionals who have taken a career break of two years or more. Network Rail is seeking surveyors of all level and also has an opportunity for an accountant to work within the Property function. For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply, visit the website 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 here. To discuss WES partnerships please contact us on corporates@wes.org.uk.  

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