January 2021
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the January 2021 edition of the WES newsletter and wishing you all a much easier year this year. 
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
Save the date for the next WES Annual Conference 2021
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 20 April 2021

This year's WES Annual Conference will be held over two days online, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April, on the broad theme of 'serving society'.

We are delighted to announce that our two keynote speakers will be Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Professor Cath Noakes OBE, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

The conference is designed as a key virtual knowledge-sharing opportunity and meeting place for professionals in engineering and allied sectors at all stages of their careers, across the WES Membership and beyond.

We plan to open registration early in February and full details will be available here. For more information or queries in the meantime, contact Sarah Yates at events@wes.org.uk 

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available - for more details contact partners@wes.org.uk
Relaunch of She's an Engineer

We have recently relaunched She's an Engineer and are very excited to add to the library of Women in Engineering role models! 

She's an Engineer features the lives and stories of our inspiring women engineers who are Members of WES. The content is designed to help guide career choices, encourage through a network of role models and educate on engineering as a profession for those just setting out in the world of work or those considering a career or sector change.
Our library is currently looking a little sparse and we would love to make it representative of the diversity of our WES members in terms of job positions, routes into engineering, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities...

If you are a WES Member and would like to be featured please complete this SEA form  and send 4 high quality images they would like featured on the webpage to shesanengineer@wes.org.uk. If you aren't a WES Member yet, please see our Membership grade to find the type of membership that best suits you.
WES Partner News

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen is proud to be a new partner of the Women's Engineering Society. The Centre is a partnership between the universities of Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Ulster and is investigating hydrogen innovations to meet the global energy challenge.
They collaborate with over 40 companies and organisations to provide an integrated multi-disciplinary PhD experience that is gender balanced from a broad range of races, cultures and social backgrounds, as we believe that listening to different perspectives can inform and improve our research.
New Start Up Partnership Package

The WES Start Up Partnership is targeted at start up organisations in their first three years of registration. This package is aimed at start up organisations with less than £250k turnover that are dedicated to improving the diversity of their workforce and supporting females in engineering. It is an extremely useful platform to engage with other WES partner organisations that have similar challenges around D&I and to increase the awareness of your brand within an engineering context. 
For more info email partners@wes.org.uk
If you are a Partner and want to share your initiatives with the WES network, please contact partners@wes.org.uk. Is your organisation doing amazing work but not yet a WES Partner? Get in touch and we can talk about the packages available partners@wes.org.uk or call Beatrice Pryor (Partnerships Manager) on: 07742 933238.
WES Early Careers Board 

WES ECB member Caitlin McCall has been recognised for her contributions in manufacturing face visors at Swansea University at the outset of the COVID pandemic. She worked to source the materials, set up a production line and prepare the masks to contribute making PPE for frontline staff in the South Wales. Her group achieved the CE mark for their design and has worked closely with industry to transfer the knowledge and technology to a local company in South Wales
Swansea University have published an e-magazine on their positive impacts during the COVID pandemic. Check out all their great work here 

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 Was I Meant to Do Something Today? 
Events Other News 
RAEng Conference Engineering Change
The world is grappling with the most complex challenges we have ever seen. For many of those challenges - whether achieving net-zero carbon emissions or manufacturing billions of doses of vaccine - engineers will be a major part of the solution.

Research and experience show that the best solutions come from diverse teams working in inclusive cultures, leading to outcomes that can better meet the complex needs of our society. Driven by that understanding, Engineering Change, our annual diversity and inclusion conference, focuses on the actions engineers can take to create sustainable change in 2021 and beyond.

This is an invitation only event so if you are interested in attending you can register your interest by filling in this form
Jason Flies Again!

Jason Flies Again! celebrates the 90th anniversary of Amy Johnson's 1930 flight from England to Australia and promotes connection of children across the world through creativity and aspiration. Children are invited to make a model of Amy's plane, Jason, (the kit can be requested as a PDF to print at home) and submit photos and footage of them flying thair planes. 

Jason Flies Again! is in memory and celebration of Amy Johnson and what can be achieved with an idea and the resources to make it happen!

To find out more and to request a Jason aeroplane kit please go here
RAEng Industrial Fellowships
The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other.
The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.
  • The scheme is open to engineers from all disciplines.
  • There is also an industry to academia fellowship option.
  • Awards can be held from six months to two years full-time or part-time. 
  • The Academy will contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 (per-annum) towards the basic salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the host organisation. The total award is capped at £100,000 for awards that exceed one year in duration.
For more information please contact Email research@raeng.org.uk 

WeAreTheCity Top 100 Rising Star Awards 

WeAreTheCity have announced that nominations for their Top 100 Rising Star Awards are now open and invite you to nominate an amazing woman, champion, company or men for gender balance. The nominations process for all categories - the Rising Star Champions, Global Award for Achievement, Men for Gender Balance and Company of the Year award are now open.  

For details of the criteria to enter the awards, visit here.

WES Members needed for survey 

A-level student Katherine Channying has asked if any WES Members would be interested in taking part in her survey. Katherine writes 'As part of my studies I have been given the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), alongside my A-levels. The EPQ is essentially a 5000-word investigative report into a subject of our choosing. I have a great interest in exploring the topic of gender disparity within STEM subjects, specifically Engineering... because I struggle to understand why many of my female peers are so discouraged from undertaking studies in Engineering.'

All results will be collated using Google forms and will be completely anonymous. The link to the Survey is here
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 

To discuss WES partnerships please contact: partners@wes.org.uk
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