December 2014

News from WISE

Congratulations to the WISE Awards Winners
"Winning the WISE Girl Award has spurred me on to keep inspiring girls into STEM subjects." Charlotte Kerr, age 18, youngest winner at the WISE Awards 2014. Read her WISE blog here.
Twelve inspirational role models and organisations championing the cause of women in STEM were recognised for their outstanding contributions and stories of success. They were presented with their national awards by HRH The Princess Royal on 13 November in a glittering ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the WISE Campaign. Look out for nominations for the WISE Awards 2015 opening in the New Year.

Read about the winners and the shortlisted nominees
Read the press release
See the photographs

First Annual Conference for WISE
WISE looks at how to get 1 million more women into STEM

An audience of over 100 delegates heard from a wide range of fascinating speakers, ranging from a Principal at Bloomberg Associates in New York to female technical apprentices and eminent academics. Find out more

WISE recommends a new approach
A new WISE report, Not for people like me?, launched at the WISE Awards on 13 November, recommends a new approach to attract girls and other under-represented groups.
Find out more and download the report

Apprentices - Accessing untapped talent
We would like companies to get involved in a new project, initially being rolled out in Leeds, Manchester, Humber Region, and Birmingham. Benefits to companies:
  • direct access to schools and potential candidates
  • showcase role models and employment opportunities
  • recruit diverse talent to the apprenticeship pool
  • work with educators to ensure that the full talent pool is available to employers.
Find out more about how you can get involved

Girls inspired to join Power Industry
"I thought that electrical engineering was just repairing wires but it is much more interesting than that."
Over 100 girls aged 13-18, parents and teachers attended an inspirational 'Create your Future' event in Bury St Edmunds. The event was sponsored by UK Power Networks in partnership with WISE, and over 20 role models attended to inspire the girls to consider a career in engineering. Read more

Scientific vs Creative - Career choice options
Experts explain how to make it in two very different industries. WISE takes on the scientific perspective, supported by WISE role models showing the significant opportunities on offer to students with science, technology and maths (STEM) skills.
See pages 34-35 of the Good Universities Guide

10 Steps promoted in CBI's Great Business Debate
Read WISE director, Helen Wollaston's blog about the importance of implementing the 10 steps into organisations to increase and sustain the talent pipeline. Read the blog  

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas
We would like to wish all our members and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We can't possibly summarise the achievements over the last year however, please enjoy our festive highlights below!

The 12 days of ChriSTEMas 
12 WISE Awards winners
11 Silver and Bronze Award sponsors
10 Steps project launched, 10 Gold Award sponsors, 10 WISE Young Women Board Members
9 WISE Team members
800 + Individual members
7% more female attendees at the Graduate Engineering and Science Show (thanks to WISE!)
50 Corporate members
3 Appearances from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
News from you

Incentive for employers to get more women into STEM
The Women into STEM programme aims to increase the number of young women entering the science industries and will help to support the skills development of women already working in science. 
Download leaflet for further information

WISE Board Member, Gillian Arnold, of Tectre, was presented with an international award in the Republic of Korea on behalf of the professional body BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for work to encourage women into IT profession. Read more

New project to inspire Tomorrow's Engineers
WISE Member, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a cutting-edge Education Centre to inspire school children to become Tomorrow’s Engineers. Read more

100 Years of Women in Transport
A LInkedIn group giving information about the programme, industry partners and upcoming activities taking place over the next 12 months. Go to the LinkedIn group


Opportunities to make a difference
Female role models wanted in Norwich
Would you like to take part in the Women of the Future Conference for year 10 school girls in Norwich, 23rd April 2015. Talk informally to students and take part in our STEMM careers showcase. Please email for further details.

Female role Models wanted in Birmingham
15 January 2015, 10-12.30. Role Models are wanted to help prepare Year 9 students for taking their options, to raise their awareness of the different careers that are open to them and of the different skills they need, as well as academic qualifications. Please contact Mrs Vicky McTear to find out more.

International Innovation seek contributors for their forthcoming Women in Science special
International Innovation publishes global insight and analysis on current scientific research trends, as well as funding and policy issues. Coverage spans the breadth of scientific disciplines, with key focus on the interdisciplinary areas of healthcare, environment and technology.
Find out how to contribute
Why Do Women Stay in STEM Careers?
Anna Porter, a Dublin schoolgirl, is doing a study about why women stay in STEM careers and will analyse it to see if it could be a potential way to encourage more women into STEM careers. She is conducting the study as part of her BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition project.
Do the survey

Research reports

New evidence on business case
Mckinsey has published new research on 366 companies which found a statistically significant correlation between diversity and financial performance. Those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have above median financial returns for their industry sector. Those in the top quartile for racial diversity were 30% more likely to have above median financial returns. Interestingly, the correlation was significantly only where women constituted 22% or more of the senior executive team.
The full report can be downloaded here

Growth through people: a statement on skills in the UK
This report provides a comprehensive summary of the state of the UK skills system. Download the report


Good practice guide on running women's networks
The University of Sheffield has just launched a free good practice guide on running women's networks. Download the guide or email for a hard copy. 

Routes into STEM - a resource for Year 10 students
A 3 day course for 14 to 15 year olds, spending a day at a college, a day at a university and a day at a company during half-term. Each day includes exciting hands on activities, information and meeting role models. Find out more

TechFuture Girls
TechFuture Girls (formerly know as CC4G) is an out-of-the-box after-school club that has been specifically designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in IT. It is now available free to all schools.
See the website and read the press release

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Creating a Future in Engineering
A FREE Discovery Workshop for Teachers
21 January, Leeds
Career Development Programme for Women in STEM
4 day course over 3 months. Starts February 2015. Discount for WISE Members
Venue TBC
Media & Presentation Skills Course
For WISE members only
24 March, London
Media & Presentation Skills Course
For WISE members only
6 May, London
Engineering 4 Teachers
With guest speaker, WISE Award winner Kathryn Boulton-Pratt
29 January, London
Welcome to Cardiff Metropolitan University, Unite, Bechtel, all our new individual members and our new student members who have taken advantage of our FREE student membership
Read this month's blog
Charlotte Kerr, Winner of the 2014 WISE Girl Award
'Positively Pink'  Porthole Into Civil Engineering
Read her blog
For Individuals
The Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls
Until 19 Dec
The Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme
Closing date: 12 Jan
Longitude Explorer Prize
For young people and schools
Closing date: 31 January
Researcher of the Year Awards
For those working in the Energy sector
Closing date: 31 January
Aero MSc Bursary Scheme
For STEM graduates and final year undergrads
Formula 100 Competition
For school students
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Closing date: 2 February
Longitude Prize 2014
Closing date: 31 March

InterEngineering: Starting Out
8 December, London
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards
10 December, London
Champion the Researchers
A new RAE-funded project aims to engage 11-14 year old pupils in engineering research
12 December, Cardiff
16 December, Leeds
29 January, Southampton
Bubbles: the Bath and Beyond
With TV presenter and Oceanographer, Helen Czerski
17 December, Chester
Fuelling the Future
Lecture Event for Year 12/13 Students
9 January, Birmingham
2015 Women in IT Awards
29 January, London
Implementing the Science and Innovation Strategy
29 January, London
Supporting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
25 February 2015, Southampton
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