March 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the March edition of the WES newsletter. This month began with National Apprenticeship Week which showcases the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. March also saw women from all walks of life being celebrated on International Women's Day, as well as the launch of the WES 2018 Top 50 Women in Engineering with the theme 'Returners and Transferrers to engineering'

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WE50: Top 50 Women in Engineering: Returners and Transferrers to engineering 


On 23 June 2018, International Women in Engineering Day celebrates the achievements of women across all engineering sectors. Once again this year WES is working in partnership with The Telegraph and we are seeking your nominations for the Top 50 Women in Engineering. For 2018, we are focussing on celebrating Returners and Transferrers now working in Engineering or allied sectors whose achievements and talents are outstanding.

We need your help in finding the top 50 Women in Engineering: Returners and Transferrers to engineering! Applications opened on 8 March and will close on 30 April. Details about the criteria and how to apply (including self-nominations) can all be found here. We wish you all the very best of luck.
WES Celebrates International Women's Day 
The YMB #PressforProgress    

8 March this year marked International Women's Day and the Young Members' Board decided to join the IWD #PressforProgress campaign and make their pledges.  These included: 

  • I will challenge stereotypes and bias
  • We will celebrate women's achievements
  • I will forge positive visibility of women
  • I will influence the beliefs and actions of others 


The response on social media has been fantastic and the Young Members Board are very pleased to have been involved in such a great initiative.


The WES London Cluster celebrated the day by sharing the #PressforProgress slides on social media with messages of support and a call to celebrate women's achievements. Nausheen Basha, research assistant at City University, University of London, prepared an article ' Press for positive progress within STEM'.
WES Young Members' Board 
The STEM Challenge Videos Continue!
The YMB have been carrying out STEM Challenges based on the challenge cards developed by the James Dyson Foundation. This month's activities have included making an underwater volcano, a Cartesian Diver, and the crowd favourite, a spaghetti bridge!

STEM Challenge Week 9: Cartesian Diver
STEM Challenge Week 9: Cartesian Diver
If you've missed any of the videos to date, you can catch up on  WES YMB social media pages - "WES by the WES YMB" YouTube Channel , @YMB1919 on Twitter and @wesymb on Instagram! New videos will be posted every week to give you a chance to have a go yourselves over the weekend. 
WES London Cluster 
WOW Festival
WES London Cluster took part in the Women of the World Festival WOW in March. Thank you to members Yasmin Ali, Adriana Vargas-Colwill, Virginia Ruiz, Margherita Latronico, Helen Fletcher and Victoria Smith-Barbour who promoted WES and engineering to the attendees who included parents, teachers, curious minds and children. Demonstrations of engineering at the WES stand included creating bridges with spaghetti and using virtual reality glasses.

The team found it an incredible event to increase awareness of issues faced by women, meet people from diverse backgrounds who are supporting women's causes, meet environmental advocates, discover how taboos are being broken, etc. We hope to be back next year!

The cluster aims to continue preparing blogs and articles, available via LinkedIn and the WES website, so if you enjoy writing and would like to contribute, do let us know at
Spring 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 Humanitarian Engineering.  View as a pdf


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INWED Draw an Engineer Competition 2018

Are you a primary school teacher or a parent/guardian to children aged 5 to 11? Why not get them involved in our Draw An Engineer Competition to celebrate #INWED18. The winners will receive a prize, and will be featured on the INWED website.

To enter, simply draw, crayon or paint an engineer on A4 paper and send a high resolution scan of your submission with the subject line INWED COMPETITION ENTRY to

Please include your name, age, Key Stage 1 or 2 & School (if applicable).  The closing date for this year's entries is Monday 25 June 2018
How do you solve a problem like the lack of women in engineering?

The WES affiliated Loughborough University student group hosted an event along with the IMechE: ' How do you solve a problem like the lack of women in engineering?'

Both talks from Jennifer Glover and guest speaker Will Whittow (winner of WES's 2017 Men As Allies Award) were full of interesting facts and thought provoking points. This then led nicely into an open discussion during which it was a pleasure to hear from men and women at all stages of their engineering careers. A great evening all round and a special thank you to those who attended.
JobsWES Jobs
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: Sorry I whacked your face [Click on image to open]
Eleanor Yong: Am I stressed out because of work? [Click on image to open]
Events Upcoming Events
The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition
20-21 April 2018
NEC, Birmingham Meet and speak to some of the world's top engineering recruiters.  See WES Award winners Madeleine Archer and Larissa Suzuki at the Women in Engineering Forum on the Saturday.
Find out more
1st Annual WES Regional Cluster Conference - Midlands Region
24 April 2018 Free
QinetiQ, Malvern
You are invited to join us in Malvern for the Women's Engineering Society's 1st Regional Cluster Conference, kindly hosted by QinetiQ.  The purpose of the conference is to meet and form a local member network, invigorating and kick-starting the Cluster. It promises to be a really interesting evening with a great variety of speakers as well as ample networking time.
We will be hearing from MFG Solicitors on key aspects of employment law related to D&I, Qinetiq, and the Chief Executive of WES.
Find out more
Institute of Physics one-day meeting: Women Physicists in the Nuclear Industry
25 April 2018 10:00-15:00
Harwell Campus, Didcot
Find out more
Building Resilience in Further Education and Skills
16 May 2018 [£75 early booking/£90 members/£120 non-members]
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
Find out more
news More News
Beatrice Shilling wins staff and student vote at Royal Holloway University of London

The new science building, due to open in September 2018, will be named 'The Beatrice Shilling Building' in honour of Beatrice 'Tilly' Shilling, a former WES member.

Shilling, born in 1909, was a celebrated aeronautical engineer and successful motorcycle racer.  She was best known for her work on carburettors at the Royal Aircraft Establishment during the Second World War.

Find out more 

Please help 13 year old Darcy with her school project
Darcy, a pupil at Herne Bay High School, has chosen to investigate 'Why are only 9% of engineers women?'

She has drawn up a survey and is seeking participants.  Please take a couple of minutes to look at it here.

Partner WES Partners news
WES is delighted that Cubic has joined as a Company Partner and Edinburgh Napier University has joined as an Education Partner this month.

We would also like to thank  Dialog Semiconductor which renews as an Event Partner this year, t hank you to all our Partners f or their continuing support of WES.
WESoutandaboutWES Out and About
  • 27 February, APPG: How to recruit women for the 21st Century, London
  • 5 March, Speaker at the League of Jewish Women event, London
  • 8 March, Speaker at the Amey event for International Women's Day
  • 8 March, CEO Kirsten Bodley was a panelist at Energy UK event titled "International Women's Day breakfast"
  • 9, 11 March, WOW Festival, London
  • 9-10 March, First General Assembly of INWES-Europe attended by Sophie Hutchins, Sarah Peers and Roseni Dearden, Lisbon
  • 14 March, Adriana Vargas-Colwill represented WES at the Sir Denis Rooke Memorial Lecture organised by the IGEM. The lecture was delivered by WES Patron, Professor Dame Ann Dowling
  • 20 March, F1 in schools UK National Final, Silverstone
  • 22 March, UKRIA 2018 Casino Royale  Network and celebrate with rail industry decision makers
  • 19-23 March, WSIS World Summit on Information Systems at ITU Geneva, attended and participating at INWES workshops by Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli and Sarah Peers
  • 17 April, Nathu Puri Institute Thought Leadership Discussion & Dinner
  • 20-21 April, NECR, Birmingham
  • 24 April, Regional WES Cluster Event - Midlands, Malvern
  • 11-13 May, INWES Regional Conference, Tunisia
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