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"I think we can inspire more girls to choose science, technology and engineering, even if they don’t recognise it with those headings on, that doesn’t matter to begin with" 
WISE Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal at the WISE Celebration of Talented Women in Wales Conference
 April 2017
  I am delighted to share the news that HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to extend her Royal Patronage of WISE for a further 3 years, to 2020, by which time she will have been WISE Royal Patron for 20 years. Her Royal Highness’s commitment to gender balance in STEM makes a powerful impression on those she meets at the WISE Awards and other events, adding huge value to the WISE brand which enables us to extend the reach and impact of the campaign.

As we enter a new financial year for WISE, I am delighted to report continued growth. We ended the year with 170 corporate members, an increase of 50 organisations in the past 12 months. How can we support the growing membership to make progress more quickly towards our shared goal of gender balance in STEM? Join a focus group on the 24 or 25 April to tell us what you think.

Two significant changes come into force this week for larger employers. Those employing 250 or more people must now publish details of the gender pay gap - ie the difference in mean and median pay for men and women within their organisation, on a searchable corporate website. This is very relevant to WISE because differences in the jobs men and women do is such a significant contributory factor to the gender pay gap. WISE offers support with initiatives to improve recruitment of women into science, technology and engineering roles and to improve women’s representation in management and leadership positions. Although there is no obligation on companies to explain any gender pay gap they find or to say how they propose to address it, those who choose to include a narrative in their report may wish to mention their support for WISE and the Ten Steps as a demonstration of their commitment to change. acas is a good source of advice about the new requirements. 

The Apprenticeship Levy starts this week too, for employers with a UK pay bill of £3 million or above. This could be an opportunity to get more women into STEM via an apprenticeship, including women who want to re-train, given there is no longer an upper age limit for apprentices. If you have good practice we can post on the Apprenticeship Toolkit we are developing with Semta and ICE, please get in touch. 

For those of you on Twitter, follow us @thewisecampaign for day to day news about the campaign. 

Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 
WISE Awards 2017 Nominations NOW OPEN!
Does your child have a STEM inspiring toy or game? If so, we want to know! WISE is on the hunt for the ultimate STEM toy, for the WISE Toy Award. All toys and games will be tested by girls, and their parents as part of the shortlisting. Contact Evelyn with your choice. Deadline for nominations is Friday 23 June, NOMINATE NOW
WISE Corporate Members Tell us what you think!
Our WISE members are essential to achieving our shared objective of gender balance in STEM, from classroom to boardroom.  We need your input to build a sustainable membership model that continues to meet your needs. Join one of our focus sessions
Making Flexible Working a Reality for All
Following a very successful in person event we are happy to provide a second chance for WISE Members to hear success stories and case studies on Flexible working for All, via an online Webinar, 4 May - book your place now! Read more here
Leeds International Festival
The Leeds International Festival is taking place from April 22 – 30 across Leeds City Centre and features the headline event Empowering Women with Tech sponsored by WISE members Sky. Featuring multi-award winning broadcaster Lauren Laverne, Fashion Blogger Susannah Lau (AKA Susie Bubble), Computer Scientist Dr Sue Black OBE, Warner Music Group’s Emmy Lovell, Stemettes co-founder Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, AllBright’s Debbie Wosskow OBE and Sky’s Natasha Sayce-Zelem this is a must-see event. Buy tickets here
Women in STEM publication IWED 2017
Working in collaboration with WISE and others (listed here), Mediaplanet are launching the 2017 Women in STEM Campaign. The campaign officially launches on 23 June, as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2017. Mediaplanet is offering WISE members an exclusive 20% discount to promote yourselves and the work you do for Women in the STEM workplace (Distribution list here). Please get in touch with Charlotte on 07823343324, by Friday 28 of April, to get involved.
Engaging the future of STEM
The Chief Executive Women, which represents more than 400 of Australia’s most senior and distinguished women leaders, have released a study of international best practice for promoting the participation of young people in STEM. The study, which features WISE as a role model, can be read in full here
World science remains male dominated
But findings in the Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report says women are catching up. The report is based on an analysis of Elsevier’s Scopus database, which includes abstract and citation data for more than 21k academic journals across 12 countries or regions, over the past 20 years.
Help us address the gender imbalance in STEM

As part of 'bring your daughters to work week' we are encouraging all members to join in on social media by sharing the campaign Thunderclap. The more who join, the LOUDER we will be!

WISE Returners Programme
"The sessions instilled confidence, self-belief and established a network of new working parents in the business”
Katy Barnes, Engineering Manager
Dates and locations of the next courses are below:
Birmingham: Starts 11 May 2017
Bristol: Starts 29 June 2017
London: Starts 7 September 2017
Epsom: Starts 2 November 2017
Book online here
Career Development

The Skills 4 Award Winning career development programme is available as an open programme through WISE. The next programme dates:
Day 1 - Thur 28 Sept 2017
Day 2 - Wed 25 Oct 2017
Day 3 - Thur 16 Nov 2017
Day 4 - Tue 5 Dec 2017

If you would be interested in hosting a career development programme please get in touch with Shagufta. Benefits include: • One free place • 2 additional places with a 25% discount.

On 29 March, we hosted the very first People Like Me training webinar.
This online get-together was a refresher for people who had already received PLM training and provided them with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns about delivering PLM sessions.
"It was as if I'd submitted all my questions and queries in advance!" Catherine Stewart, Deloitte LLP 
Watch the full webinar here
People Like Me Leeds digital Festival
Would you like to find out more about a career in the digital sector? Would you like to meet role models and find out if they are People Like You? Then sign up for a mums and daughters event in Leeds on Thursday 27 April here.
PLM in the News.. Computer Weekly takes a look at the 'New' People Like Me Digital pack and discusses why 'We need mums on-side'. For more info on the Digital pack please email Ruth
CyberFirst courses
Know any tech-savvy girls aged between 14 – 17 who are keen to hone their cyber security skills on a FREE GCHQ CyberFirst course?  If so, WISE members The Smallpeice Trust are offering FREE PLACES at a variety of UK University sites over summer. Find out more here
Girls in Physics
A new study from the Institute of Physics lays out practical steps schools can take to improve girls’ participation in A level physics. Find out more here
Congratulations go to..
We would like to give huge congratulations to WISE board member, Jo Hannaford, who has been named the new Head of Europe Middle East and Africa Technology at Goldman Sachs
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