April 2017
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the April edition of the WES newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter we have a special feature on the Women in Engineering Top 50 Nominations, as well as updates on WES, upcoming events, job postings and news from our partners. 

Job listings are found in the WES Jobs section below or you can click here.  

The Women's Engineering Society is committed to supporting women in engineering. Click through the following link for more information on  being a WES memberIt costs just a pound a week and helps us to do our work to inspire and support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders.

If you have any news you would like to share with WES, please email us on news@1919.wes.org.uk.

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WES Updates and Events
WES Annual Conference 2017

Get connected: Empowering Women & Enriching Careers

Friday 12 May 2017, 9:30-17:00 [£52.69 -£104.79]
UCL Roberts Building, London, WC1E 6BT

This year's WES Annual Conference is all about enriching careers through connection and planning. We will explore ways for taking charge of your career and planning for the future, and empowering yourself and others.

The draft programme has been released, and you can explore the great sessions on offer HERE.

Be sure to book your ticket now, and join us.

INWED17 Resource Pack: your guide to the celebration and how to get involved.

The Resource pack is here! Now it is time to start planning for
#INWED17  -  23 June 2017
Click here to download the Resource Pack

Want to get more involved and help ensure that we reach even more girls and women in engineering? Become a corporate sponsor! Click here for more information.
Thames & Chiltern Cluster Event

Hidden Figures
Thursday 25 May 2017, 8pm

The Thames & Chiltern Cluster is planning to attend a showing of the film Hidden Figures at the University of Reading cinema. 

To book a place contact Pamela Farries at thames@1919.wes.org.uk
WES London Cluster Event

Bridge the Gap: Effective Communication & Career Progression
Thursday 11 May 2017,  18:30
Engineering Building, UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

As a warm-up session to the WES Conference, the WES London Cluster invites you to an evening of networking and advice to help provide information on how we can contribute to bridging the gap in career progression.  More details and registration here.

For further information please contact the London Cluster at weslondoncluster@gmail.com
WES Heart of England Cluster Event

Visit to Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) scenic workshops, Stratford-on-Avon.

A visit is being planned to the scenic workshops of the RSC in the next couple of months, which will be limited to 15 attendees. The workshop is where the RSC sets and props take shape, using the drawings and a 1:25 scale model presented by the designer to make the design a reality, creating a set that will last a whole season of performances.

If you would like to attend and are a member of the Heart of England cluster please respond to the Doodle poll, alternatively please contact heart@1919.wes.org.uk
Jan Peters MBE

Congratulations to Jan Peters, Past President of WES 2008-2010, who will collect her MBE for services to women in science and engineering on the 25th April 2017.
Do you know an outstanding young woman engineer under 35? 
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WE50Women in Engineering Top 50 Nominations

WE50: Top 50 Women in Engineering
- nominate your outstanding young women engineers

Nominate via  The Daily Telegraph online portal: 
Deadline for entries: 12 May 2017
On 23 June 2017, International Women in Engineering Day, created by the Women's Engineering Society (WES), celebrates the achievements of women across all engineering sectors,  but we need your help in finding the next generation of leaders. 

Through our partnership with The Daily Telegraph, we are seeking your nominations for  women in engineering under 35 across the UK whose achievements and talents may not yet be fully recognised. 

We welcome nominations not just from qualified engineers in any discipline, but also teachers, lecturers, project and programme managers. Ideally, we are looking for women who have overcome adversity, who may have created something innovative or undertaken something exceptional. 

While many businesses and organisations support the goal of increasing diversity in the sector, the fact remains that just 9 per cent of our engineers are women. By placing the spotlight on these outstanding younger female achievers, we hope to increase that number. 

All nominations will be presented to a judging panel from WES, and the top 50 will be revealed later this year, coinciding with  International Women in Engineering Day (www.inwed.org.uk) on 23 June. 

Help us spread the word:  #we50 #inwed17 @inwed1919
Upcoming Events
How can employee networks help your people engage with the Diversity and Inclusion agenda?

Tuesday 25 April 2017 [£30]
Radius Debate hosted by Capgemini at 40 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1N 2PB. 
How can employee networks help support the Diversity and Inclusion agenda within their organisation and look beyond their traditional membership base to engage colleagues from across the business as allies?
Join us and our industry leading panel of experts and a diverse range of network leaders, sponsors and stakeholders, as we explore this topic in detail. 
As always, there will be time to meet the panellists and network with other likeminded peers. Our previous event saw over 120 individuals from more than 85 companies in attendance, so expect to meet a broad mix of individuals and organisations from across ALL business sectors, industries and strands of diversity.
We very much hope you and some of your colleagues will be able to join us. Seats are limited, so please reserve your place online or RSVP to  francesca@radius-business.com  
Wonder Women Tech London - Women and Diversity in Tech Conference

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April 2017 [£113.99 - £199.12]
Ministry of Justice Building,102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ

Wonder Women Tech is going global! Join us for a powerful and interactive two-days of highlighting, celebrating and educating women and diversity in tech, STEAM and innovation. We'll delve into important discussions around women in tech, diversity and inclusion, and offer a variety of breakouts and workshops on career development, coding classes, speed mentoring, speed recruiting and more!

Our speakers are a sample of the "Who's Who" in UK/Europe and features speakers from all over the world! We have the CIO of Rolls Royce, the Executive Director of Innovate UK which oversees all things tech in the UK, the Founder of FinTech Circle, who started the largest Fintech scene in Europe, the CEO of TechUK, and many more pioneers in tech!

For 30% discount on tickets use the code: WESUK 
Space missions - The What, How and Why?

Thursday 4 May 2017, 4.30pm - 9.00pm [Free/£45]
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Join us for the first of this year's East Midlands regional lectures kindly hosted by the University of Leicester. Dr Matt Perkins FREng, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford University Innovation Ltd, will deliver his talk on Space missions - The What, How and Why? This will be followed by a dinner for Fellows and invited guests [ tickets for dinner cost £45].

The lecture is FREE to attend and open to the public. Register here
BS 76005 launch - Valuing people through diversity and inclusion - Code of practice

Thursday 4 May 2017 [Free]
Manchester Museum

Diversity and inclusion have become key management topics now that we recognise the opportunities arising from a diverse and inclusive workforce.

To help organisations embed these attributes we have developed a new British standard that aims to maximise the contribution of human capital.

BS 76005:2017 Valuing people through diversity and inclusion - Code of practice provides both a framework for valuing people (it is based on the framework for valuing people BS 76000), and recommendations for influencing, engaging and aligning diversity and inclusion expectations.

Funny Women - 'Stand Up to Stand Out' Comedy Workshop

Saturday 6 May 2017 11.00am - 1.00p
R S Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ
[ Full price £49.50, Associate price £39.50 (book as concession)]

Have you ever watched a comedian on stage and thought, 'I'd like to do that' but lacked the courage to give it a try? We'll show you how it's done with this two-hour workshop to build your confidence and introduce you to the techniques of stand-up comedy. Find out how a humorous approach to life can be empowering whether you want to perform on stage or communicate more effectively and memorably in the workplace.  "Thanks for a fabulous experience I had a wonderful two hours! I was also blown away by your lovely comments I really never expected anyone to think I had any talent!" (happy customer!)

Visit the website for more information and book here.
Manufactured Yorkshire Exhibition

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 8:00-14:30 [£0-£79.62]
Leeds United Football Club, Leeds, LS11 0ES

The Biggest Gathering of Manufacturing Companies in Yorkshire, All Under One Roof! Attracting over 1,000 MDs & purchasing teams from Yorkshire based manufacturing and engineering companies.

Tickets to the event are completely free to manufacturers, so there's never been a better time to meet your peers, grow your network, and make connections that could lead to world-beating deals

  Book your tickets here
FISITA PLUS: Exploring the future of mobility engineering

Thursday 13 July 2017 [£315-£350]
County Hall, London

A one-day conference for mobility technologists and professionals

In 2017 FISITA will open its doors to a new audience with the launch of 'FISITA PLUS', created to support this engineering generation's development of safe, sustainable and affordable mobility. Registration for this exclusive event is now open.

The conference will be split into three sections and speakers will present under three headings: The Mobility Future; Artificial Intelligence and Mobility Technology and Propulsion of the Future. 

For more information and to book tickets visit the website here.
More News
GETI 2017 Report

New energy workforce trends report says sector mobility could tackle skills gap 

The first edition of the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the market-leading energy talent and employer trends report has been released, providing insightful research into the current views and perceptions of the global energy market. 

The project, separated into five sectors: oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals, is predicted to be the eye-opener the industry has been crying out for, clarifying any disparities in opinion and assumptions between employers and the workforce. 

Making apprenticeships work for women

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Learning and Work Institute released research showing women, people from lower income families, and ethnic minorities face a participation penalty in apprenticeships. The research highlighted that people from BAME backgrounds are half as likely to succeed in their application; women are more likely to be apprentices in low paid sectors, and people from lower income households are less likely to access Advanced Apprenticeships.

In celebration of International Women's Day the Young Women's Trust published a new report 'Making Apprenticeships Work for Women: a good practice guide', featuring ten top tips tips in helping  employers make apprenticeships more accessible.

Nominations for WEAF's Aerospace Ambassadors Awards are now open!

The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) has launched its first-ever Aerospace Ambassadors Awards designed to celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the aerospace and defence industry in the South West. 

The South West has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the biggest aerospace cluster in the UK worth more than £7 billion. 

The awards are free to enter and are open to everyone working in the sector. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognised experts from across the region's aerospace and defence industry. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards ceremony and gala dinner on 28 June. 

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award: 
Inspiring diversity in engineering

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognises projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

Applications are now open for projects that have delivered tangible results in encouraging diversity in engineering education among students and/or graduates.

A nominated project representative must submit their applications by 10 July 2017, for the chance to present their work to a distinguished international jury and the audience at the GEDC conference in Niagara Falls, Canada between October 11-13. The project will be awarded 10,000USD, with two runner-ups receiving 1,500USD each to support the communication of their work.

  Click here for more information and to apply
Engineering Degree Apprenticeships

At Where Women Work, we believe apprenticeships offer a great career ladder for young women in engineering - So we are delighted to announce that Thales in the UK is offering  approximately 40 engineering  degree apprenticeships this year! With applications being accepted now, don't miss the chance to work on groundbreaking solutions for the Aerospace, Space, Transportation, Defence and Security industries at this innovative engineering company.
I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here!

An online X-Factor style competition for engineers, where students are the judges! It's running this June 12th-23rd, with two events for engineers and schools to be part of: Smart Materials Zone and General Engineering Zone.

For two weeks engineers will answer questions, and take part in live text chats with students all over the UK. Students vote for their favourite engineer to win £500 to spend on more STEM engagement. They see that engineers are people just like them, while being introduced to the wide range of possibilities in STEM careers; it's not all hard hats and white coats.

Can you inspire the next generation? Engineers apply here by Tuesday 2 May 2017
RAF STEM Residential Course at RAF Cosford for Girls 

31 July 17 - 4 Aug 2017

Welcome to the world of Engineering

There is no better way to experience the power of engineering than by seeing first hand how it solves real life problems. This course teams you with RAF and other engineers, who will guide you through every step of the process.    Must be aged 14 or 15 at the time of the course. Deadline 31 May 2017.

A light at the end of the tunnel for girls in engineering? 

When Fauzia joined Headstart as a residential course supervisor, the team knew she'd be an inspiration for students taking part. Fauzia had been featured in " Same but Different", a photography project celebrating diversity, profiling her journey as she worked towards becoming a civil engineer. But how do young people really find out what they want to do as a career? Perhaps it's attending a Headstart course at a top UK University for a week. 

Fauzia cites the interactive nature of her own Headstart course in 2010, when she took part in hands-on activities and met graduate engineering, as pivotal in her decision making process. Fauzia realises that she can send a powerful message by showcasing her own experiences and achievements to girls considering engineering. As well as now promoting STEM in schools, Fauzia will talk passionately to girls at Headstart 2017 about her career in tunnel engineering. 

The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) offers Headstart places to students aged 17 who want to make well informed decisions about their future. To find out more about Headstart courses: www.headstartcourses.org.uk
WES Partners News
WES is extremely pleased that the following Partners have decided to renew their membership with us: Altera, Arcadis and Scottish Power all renew as Company Members.

We would like to thank all our Membership and Sponsoring Partners for their continuing support of WES.

WES' activity and attendance at external events 
April - May
  • 12 April, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Careers Fair, Sheffield, attended by Ifey Kanu
  • 25 April, Radius Business Event - How can employee networks help your people engage with the Diversity and Inclusion Agenda?, London, Kirsten Bodley attending
  • 28 April, New Civil Engineer Breakfast Club, London, Benita Mehra attending 
  • 5 May, WES EVENT - YMB meeting, Glasgow 
  • 9 May, Science Careers Question Time, UCL, London, Benita Mehra is a speaker on panel 
  • 12 May, WES EVENT - Annual Conference, London 
  • 24 May, WICE (Women in Construction and Engineering) Awards, Benita Mehra is a judge
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