|5 March 2014
News from WISE
Welcome to the March issue of WISE News.
Last month, Atkins hosted an action planning meeting for around 20 WISE corporate members and partners to agree how we could accelerate progress by joining up and scaling up the many different initiatives and programmes aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM. We agreed to take forward action in three areas. The first is a campaign targeting 13 year old girls, with supporting messages for families and teachers. The second is a project to give every 13 year old girl the opportunity of meeting and getting support from a role model working in STEM, by linking and scaling up existing programmes. The third includes two projects to increase retention and progression; an industry-led 10 step guide for employers and a female-led cross industry mentoring and support network - bringing together the existing networks to increase their reach and impact. We are looking for more organisations to get involved - please contact Helen Wollaston at email@example.com to find out how you can help.
New advice for UTCs on how to attract female students
The Royal Academy of Engineering has worked with WISE to produce an advice booklet for UTCs. With input from the Women's Engineering Society, WiSET, the Baker Dearing Trust and Eversheds, this is a great example of partnership working to produce a useful new resource. Launching at the Big Bang Fair, the booklet will be supplemented with online content hosted on the Royal Academy of Engineering website (available from the end of the month).
Opportunity to join the WISE team
We are recruiting a new post of Partnership Director to build relationships with our corporate members. Find out more and spread the word via your networks. Secondments welcome.
Knowledge sharing events
Thank you to Network Rail for hosting a breakfast meeting for WISE members last month. After a presentation explaining how diversity relates to Network Rail's corporate objectives and corporate behaviours, two of their female engineers shared their story. The next WISE Member breakfast, hosted by Atkins in London on 9 April, will focus on women's career development. For further details, please contact Priya at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public speaking course with Maggie Aderin-Pocock
The course at Imperial College on 19 March advertised in our last newsletter sold out very quickly. If your organisation would like to host this course after Easter, please get in touch as there is clearly a big demand.
News from you
Congratulations to Jade Aspinall and Daniella Di Stazio
, SEMTA Skills Awards winners 2014. Watch the video of Jade
, Apprentice of the Year 2014
The revolutionary engineering graduate school building at the University of Sheffield has been named after Pam Liversidge, one of the world's leading female engineers and the first woman President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Read more
Informed Scotland is a monthly intelligence digest of Scottish learning and skills. It provides a comprehensive update of the key issues, policies, developments and changes in business, education, government and the wider community.
BBC's Mastermind Quiz is looking for contestants for the upcoming series of Mastermind. Tweet @MastermindQuiz or email email@example.com
Funding & awards
The Social Tech Seed fund supports entrepreneurs that are focusing their talent and technology on tackling some of the big social issues in sectors including education, employability and health care.
First Women Awards Nominations are open for the 2014 First Women Awards.
The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science. Four Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers.
Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme Launch a career in Aerospace Engineering.
The National Science + Engineering Competition is open to all 11-18 year olds living in the UK and in full-time education.
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering - nominations are now open for 2014. See also the Create the Future videos of women in STEM.
Opportunities to make a difference
Help identify the digital skills needed by companies
The Digital Skills Task Force is a new report being led by Maggie Philbin, CEO of Teen Tech. To help gather information for the report, please take 10 mins to share your experiences in recruiting people with appropriate digital skills. Do the survey
Call for nominations to the Science & Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Science Board, Committees and Peer Review Panels 2014
A number of vacancies have arisen for outstanding individuals to become members of STFC's committees and panels.
Further information & how to apply
The Royal Society is launching a new journal called Royal Society Open Science later this year and is looking for a diverse range of subject editors and board members to oversee the journal. Please contact Polly Williams for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in scientific careers
This report from the Science and Technology Committee concentrates on STEM careers but also highlights the need for a holistic approach to tackle gender diversity, which includes STEM education. The report provoked national media coverage including interviews with WISE Director, Helen Wollaston, and female scientists and engineers on Sky News and BBC Breakfast.
Find out more and download the report
National Survey results show that girls are more enthusiastic on studying STEM subjects at University
Statistics from Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA), the university choices and careers experts, shows a rise in the proportion of female pupils who are actively considering university courses in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. See the results on the COA website
Apprenticeships still seen as 'just for the boys'
New research shows young women are still being discouraged from traditionally male-dominated careers like IT and engineering
. Read the report
BIS commissioned survey
Recent research done as part of the Perkin Review and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week has found that the number of 11 to 14 year olds thinking about working in engineering has jumped by 6%. Read the press release
Handling requests to work flexibly in a reasonable manner: an Acas guide
Published in January 2014, this good practice guidance is designed to help employers and employees with handling the statutory right to request flexible working. Download the guide
Unconscious bias in colleges and higher education: training pack
A toolkit to help you train colleagues on the impact of unconscious bias in universities and colleges, and how to reduce that impact. Find out more and download materials
WISE 30 years
WISE vehicle programme
We are delighted to have heard from Mark Higgins, a teacher at St Alban's CE Secondary School, who told us about the WISE bus visiting his school in the late 90s. As a result of contact with WISE "the school’s GCSE option uptake for girls into these technology subjects increased significantly." The photos are ones we've never seen before! Read his story and see the photos
Read some WISE memories from the early years. If WISE inspired you to go into a career in STEM or if you helped out on the WISE bus, send us your story. Please contact Tamsin at email@example.com
Visit the WISE website
If you have any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01274 724009
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