2 April 2014

News from WISE
Welcome to the April issue of WISE News

Opening up new opportunities for girls
You can now download the new booklet which includes a checklist for University Technical Colleges on how to recruit more girls, legal advice on positive action and an infographic showing the facts at a glance.
Find out more and download the booklet

The WISE team is expanding
We are delighted to welcome two new members to the team to help us continue to grow and strengthen our campaign.
Kristie Milner joined WISE during National Apprenticeship Week as an apprentice Admin and Finance Assistant.
Lynne Palmer will join WISE as Partnership Director on secondment from the Ministry of Defence. "It was the attendance of a WISE event while studying for my A-levels that inspired me to pursue an engineering degree. I am very excited about joining the WISE team to help grow & develop the corporate membership and ultimately help other women to follow careers in fascinating & challenging STEM environments."

Congratulations to Sarah Shaw who has been promoted to the post of Communications Director with responsibility for events, marketing and communications, including the annual WISE Awards.

Girls meet engineering role models
“I will definitely look at at doing an engineering apprenticeship”.
On 15 March at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, 80 girls, parents and teachers explored career opportunities in engineering and the built environment in an interactive discovery workshop with 25 inspirational role models. Thank you to our sponsors and role models. Read about the event
Call for role models for our next Create your Future event
We are looking for young role models with a background in engineering for an event in Walsall on Saturday 10 May. If you would like to be involved please send a brief biog to: p.patel@wisecampaign.org.uk
The event is open to girls, parents and teachers - please spread the word.

How do women's staff support networks improve retention and progression of women working within the STEM sector?
Sophie Nolan is working with WISE to conduct this investigation for her dissertation and is looking for a women's staff support network to participate in this research, which will consist of a small number of interviews and a survey. If your women's staff support network is interested in taking part please contact sophie.m.nolan@stu.mmu.ac.uk

News from you
* 2014 FDM everywoman in Technology Award winners.
In addition to the 8 winners, a special Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to one of the most influential woman in UK IT, Professor Dame Wendy Hall.
* Zoe Moore has won Network Rail's first Could IT Be You? competition.
* National Science and Engineering Competition 2014 winners including Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar, UK Young Scientists of the Year and Rebecca Simpson, UK Young Engineer of the Year.
* Roma Agrawal, structural engineer who helped build the Shard, is Marks and Spencer's latest leading lady.
* Dr Jacquelyn Fox has been appointed head of sustainability for ISGs UK Construction business.
* The John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned plant and microbial science institute, has become the first research institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award.
* Five research institutes were successful in achieving an Athena SWAN bronze award.
* Guardian University Award winner - Diversity Initiative. The winner is WISE member Kingston University, and runners up are the University of Sheffield and Keele University.

BBC's Mastermind Quiz is looking for contestants for the upcoming series of Mastermind. Tweet @MastermindQuiz or email mastermind@bbc.co.uk
Opportunities to make a difference
Mentoring Women in Business Programme
By combining mentoring with technology, the Cherie Blair Foundation programme helps women become successful entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. Find out more

Research reports
A picture of the UK scientific workforce - Diversity data analysis for the Royal Society
As part of the Royal Society’s diversity programme the Society has published new data on the composition of the scientific workforce in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic status and background.
Read more and download the report

Through Both Eyes: the case for a Gender Lens in STEM 
A report by Science Grrl makes the case for a gender lens in STEM.

Read more and download the report

Target 2030: Increasing female graduates working in MTEC
A green paper by David Docherty, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, calls for targets for the number of women taking physics and maths

Read more and download the paper

Building the future: women in construction
Edited by Meg Munn MP, the report includes contributions from women working in construction with their ideas for change.

Download the report

The Power of Role Models
The Chartered Management Institute's recent research has prompted calls for a new generation of younger, home-grown and female role models to be highlighted in an effort to encourage and inspire women to aim for leadership roles.

Download a free copy of the infographic

Addressing Gender Balance - Reaping the Gender Dividend in STEM
Written by the STEM Business Group, Northern Ireland, this report includes a good summary of evidence to support the business case for gender equality and diversity within STEM.
Read more and download the report

How many engineers does it take to make a tin of baked beans?
Produced by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this booklet is a collection of role models to encourage more young people from different backgrounds to consider a career in engineering. Features 2013 WISE awards winner, Jo Carris.
Find out more and download the pdf

Women in Engineering - Inspire and Close the Gender Gap
From the USA, this e-book series has two purposes: to present a high-level overview about women in STEM fields, and to provide the first-hand accounts of the professional journeys of some notable contemporary female engineers.

Find out more and buy the book
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WISE Student Colloquium
Free event aimed at female students from engineering, physics and mathematical backgrounds
8 April, Huddersfield
WISE Knowledge sharing breakfast
The next meeting for WISE members, hosted by Atkins, will focus on women's careers development.
9 April, London
Create your future
Discovery workshop in engineering careers for girls, parents and teachers
10 May, Walsall
Read this month's blog
Women inspired by WISE
Jane Simpson - How a ‘light bulb’ moment helped me get into electrical engineering
Welcome to Solihull College and all our new individual members.

Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
Launch a career in Aerospace Engineering

Very Early Career Woman Physicist award
The Women in Physics Group invites applications from women at the start of their careers in physics who have made a substantial contribution to the subject.
Closing date 30 May 2014

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
Closing date for nominations 14 July 2014

Google Science Fair
Global online competition open to students from 13 to 18 years old. What do you want to change?
Deadline 12 May 2014

Engineering - Industry, Education and Government
10 April, London
BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium
16 April, Reading
Media Skills
16 April, Glasgow
Going for an Institutional Bronze Award
16 April, London
The Engineering Simulation Show
23 April, Derby
Ballantyne 2014 - Diversity in aerospace and aviation
23 April, London
University of Edinburgh WISE Workshop
25 April, Edinburgh
Day of Science & Careers 2014
28 April, London
Mentoring and Career Progression
29 April, Aberdeen
Apprenticeships and Equality: A call to action
29th April, London
Returning to Work
30 April, Edinburgh
WiBSE: Negotiate with Confidence
30 April, London
3 May, Aberdeen
Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing and Supporting your STEM Staff and Students
11 May, Edinburgh
'Astronomy and Poetry' - Professor Bell Burnell
13 May, York
Young Women in Construction or Engineering
14 May, Solihull
Opportunities for Women - Your Career in STEM
16 May, London
National Women in Engineering Day
23 June
Gender Summit 4 - Europe 2014
30 June - 1 July, Brussels
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