May 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the May 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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#INWED20 #Shape the World

International Women in Engineering Day   (INWED20) is now just a month away! Please take part on 23 June to celebrate the wonderful careers available to wome n in engineering and encourage others to consider an engineering profession in the future.  

If you need ideas to help your celebrations, please  visit the website here where you will find  resources such as our  INWED selfie cards, images for social sharing,  competitions and
 more (we even have make-your-own INWED bunting this year!). More content is being added all the time to our   resources . We're also adding planned  activities  on a daily basis so please check back to see if there's anything you can join in with. Remember to tell us what you're planning to do for INWED and we'll add you to the list: it can be something small, we just want to hear how you're celebrating our annual day! We look forward to hearing all your wonderful INWED stories. If you need anything please contact us at .
Please use the hashtags #INWED20 and #ShapeTheWorld on social media and tag us on Instagram and Twitter using @INWED1919.

Thank you to the GCHQ team (INWED sponsors) for the fabulous image of #ShapeTheWorld!
WES 'International Women in Engineering Day' virtual event
Tuesday 23 June, 12:00 - 17:00
For this year's INWED campaign, we will be celebrating with an afternoon of scheduled webinars including themes such as '100 years of WES' as our Centenary year comes to an end , raising topics to coincide with our campaign theme 'Shape the World' & celebrating this year's Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50)
Speakers and event agenda will be released soon, so keep an eye out for announcements made on our website and social media.  The event will require pre-event registration via link. This will be available soon.
For more information, please contact Jo Weaver, Events Manager:
WES Partners Website Area
We are delighted to announce the new Partner area is now live! 
Go to this area to find details on upcoming partner sessions, useful downloads, resource material for you and your workforce and much more. 
You should have received your new username and password for the Partner area. If you are having problems signing in please let us know by emailing
WES Partners News

McCann - Cycle to Spain
Many of our Partners have actively been getting involved in helping the nation with its current crisis. This may be through innovative engineering, lab testing facilities or indeed charity.
We are delighted to share that Partners McCann  have launched their 'cycle to spain challenge'. This is all to encourage their stagg to maintain positive mental and p[hysical health. Their initiative is to raise funds for the NHS and all donations will be doubled by McCann.  Click here to donate .

Laptop Donation
The coronavirus crisis has brought drastic changes to the way children and young people can access schooling, careers development advice and skills. Not every family has the technology to access online resources and support. To help plug this gap, WES Partner,National Grid are donating 1,000 laptops via  The Prince's Trust  and four other charities, helping to  support home learning and skills development click here to read more.

If you are a Partner and what 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.
WES Partner Monthly Webinar
Thursday 28 May 10-11:30

To ensure you continue to receive value for your partnership we will be holding monthly webinars. If you have any topic that you would like us to cover please let us know. Equally if you are interested in speaking at one of our webinars, please get in touch, we really want to hear from you.

This month we are holding a session on returners, pre and post furlough returners, procedures, challenges and success stories.  Speakers will include  Antje Budge  Design Coordinator from Balfour Beatty - UK Construction Services and  Siobhan Endean  from Unite the Union.  Siobhan will be leading the conversation on returning to work after furlough and Antje will be talking about her experience as a returner.
WES Centenary Women

Marguerite Massart

Marguerite Massart (1900-1979) graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1922 with a degree in civil engineering, the first woman to qualify as an engineer in Belgium, earning a further electrical engineering qualification the next year. She found a job at a Patent Agent's Office in Brussels, where her work included drawing up patent specifications. 

In 1924, Massart spoke at the second International Conference of Women Engineers, organised by WES, reading "a very clever paper" on Alternating Current Motors and was elected a WES member in 1925. 

In 1927, Marguerite married Gaspard Vynckier, who ran an electrical equipment business, moved to Ghent and had two sons. Whilst bringing up her family, she set up and managed her own successful foundry, working with non-ferrous metals. 

In 1965 Marguerite and her husband moved to Cape Verde, off the western coast of Africa, building a prefabricated house, complete with independent energy supply and a small desalination plant run by solar power. This later expanded to become the Hotel Morabeza, powered by alternative energy sources. A French language technical college Institut de Mécanique et d'Électricité Marguerite Massart in Brussels is named in her honour.
Verena Holmes Letters Opportunity 

In 1930 Verena Holmes became the first practising engineer to serve as WES President. As part of the Centenary Trail, WES is asking its Members to read the transcripts of the Verena Holmes Letters that have been given to us and write their own thoughts about the content. In addition, these letters and the comments from today's engineers will be put in the WES Time Capsule which will be sealed on 23 June 2020, so that when it is opened in 2119 it will have three generations' perspectives of women engineers.  

If you want to be involved with this project, please email  Helen Close,  Centenary Trail Project Officer at
WES and Covid-19 

WES is continuing to operate during lockdown 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.
WES Online Wikithon  

Join the Women's Engineering Society, and Wikimedia UK for our first ONLINE Wikithon to edit and add information about historical women engineers to Wikipedia. The event is due  to take place in the week commencing 22 June, date to be confirmed shortly.

Training will be delivered by inspiring Wellcome Wikimedian, Dr. Alice White. We can help you to develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web. Complete beginners and experienced editors are both welcome to attend - we'll provide training for anyone new to editing.

WARNING: Editing Wikipedia can become addictive... and it's FREE!
Deadline Extended: Applications for the Apprentice Board and Early Careers Board

WES recognises that apprenticeships are an important route into engineering for many women. To complement the work of our Early Careers Board and University Groups Board, WES is setting up a board for current apprentices.  The aim of the board will be to give apprentices a voice within WES as well as to act as role models and undertake projects to support and promote engineering apprentices. Find out more about the Apprentice Board and  how to apply here.

The WES Early Careers Board are also looking for new members. Are you in the early stages of your career, with a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering? Do you want to be a voice for early career engineers?  Find out more!
WES Universities Board Group

This year is drawing to a close and lots of committee handovers are taking place virtually due to COVID-19. However, most of the student affiliated group have now selected their new committees for next year and are already beginning to create exciting plans for next year!

Loughborough has hosted the Loughborough University Female Engineer of the Year Awards to celebrate both undergraduate and postgraduate students' academic achievement, professional commitment and contribution to the engineering community. This year they had the honour to have Alexandra Knight (WES trustee) to announce the winners in a video that was shared on our social media. 
WES Early Careers Board

WES ECB members were interviewed on Twitter. Victoria, Sotira, Vera, Kate, Deborah and Laura talked about who they are, their career, how they got into engineering, the coolest projects they worked on and how getting involved with WES changed their lives! 

Follow their twitter page @WESECB1919 for future interviews with current and previous WES ECB members and other WES members.
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 Not today negativity
Eleanor Yong Was I meant to do something today? 
Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it 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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