January 2014

News from WISE

The campaign gains momentum
Happy New Year and welcome to our first newsletter of 2015, our 31st year! During 2014 we saw a real growth in our campaign. Compared to this time last year our Corporate membership has more than doubled and we are reaching our 1000th individual member. Don't forget that all our corporate members get 100 free individual members. We had the highest number of website visitors last year than ever before, having doubled since 2013, and we are only a few off reaching 10,000 followers on Twitter. We already have 10 WISE awards sponsored for 2015 - watch out for details next month.  

The WISE team is growing
Welcome to Suzy Firkin and Barbara Dischinger who are bringing their energy and passion to the campaign in 2015.

Barbara is the new Partnership Manager and will be responsible for liaising with existing members and extending our reach to new organisations. She has a background in senior recruitment in mining and previously construction & industrial. She also founded two women in mining networking groups, one in the UK and one internationally which she still manages.
As Development Director, Suzy will be working to develop the services and support that we offer our members to help improve diversity in the sector. This includes taking the lead on expanding our Ten steps initiative to encompass practical tools and initiatives that make a real difference to women and their employers.

We are looking for more companies to sign up to the Ten Steps. We currently have 23 signatories with our latest being Mace and BAM Nuttall.

WISE joins the Passion Project
Last month, WISE joined the Passion Project, a new youth employment initiative bringing together charity, corporate and not for profit organisations to promote jobs and training opportunities to young people. Phase one of the project is a website where WISE can post events and other opportunities for women in STEM. 

FREE Discovery Workshops for Teachers
Are you finding it difficult to persuade students, particularly girls and BME students, to study maths and sciences after GCSE?
WISE is delivering four FREE workshops for teachers in Leeds, Manchester, Solihull and Hull. These informative sessions will give you the opportunity to find out about exciting careers in
Engineering, Technology and Construction and the different routes into these careers. Find out more and book your free place

Join WISE for the next Knowledge Sharing event
'The Challenge & Future of Big Data' will be hosted by Winton Capital in London on 25 February. We will be looking at how to fully exploit the potential of big data across the full range of STEM disciplines. The event will include speakers from Winton Capital, Microsoft and NPL.
Find out more and book your free place

WISE Awards video is now live!
Hot off the press is the 2014 WISE Awards video of the Daytime Conference and the Awards Ceremony. Watch the video

News from you

Congratulations to the Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2014 finalist, Naomi Mitchison, Senior Hardware Engineer, Selex ES, who was recognised for her achievements in the industry by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Find out more about the finalists and the winner

Congratulations to all those women in STEM who were recognised in the New Year's Honours List, including Claire Louise Gott, Design Package Manager, WSP UK, who joined WISE as a Corporate Member last month.  See the full list here

WISE Corporate Member, Intel, are planning to invest $300 million to encourage more diversity within the Tech Industry. Read the article by Intel president Renée James.

Present your research at the British Science Festival 2015
Would you like to bring cutting edge science to a wider audience at the British Science Festival? This year, the Festival is opening its doors to academics, individuals and organisations who are interested in getting involved.
- The Open Call for proposals is now open and the deadline for submissions is 23 March 2015. Find out more
- Award Lecture Nominations are now open for promising early career scientists. Deadline for submissions is 2 March 2015. Find out more

Become a BP Partner School - 3 places available
BP is looking for three secondary teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or computing to undertake a two-week work placement during the spring term 2015. The placement is part of the Teacher Industrial Partners' Scheme (TIPS), linking engineering and technology employers with local schools. Further information and how to apply

Opportunity to join Channel 4 Quiz Show 
Every bright spark needs a challenge – so here’s an opportunity to light up rooms across the country with your knowledge! The classic Channel 4 quiz show Fifteen to One is about to begin its search for next season’s £40,000-winning Grand Champion. There’s no good reason why it shouldn’t be you. To receive an application form, please email 15to1apps@remedyproductions.tv

Find out more about the show

Opportunities to make a difference

Role model speakers wanted to represent WISE
At WISE we are always receiving requests for role models speakers throughout the country. If you would like to be a role model and inspire others in to STEM careers, please contact Shagufta Sharif at s.sharif@wisecampaign.org.uk

Will you be organising events to mark any of the following?
  • International Women's Day - 8 March
  • National Apprenticeship Week - 9-13 March
  • British Science Week - 13 - 22 March
Does it have a STEM focus and is relevant to WISE? Please let us know if you would like WISE to have a presence at your event. Please contact Shagufta Sharif at s.sharif@wisecampaign.org.uk. You can also add your STEM events here

How are women in engineering perceived?
This questionnaire has been developed by a student as part of her HNC mechanical engineering project. The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of how people perceive women in engineering, from a male and female perspective. Please help her by completing the questionnaire

Research reports

Five Tribes: Personalising Engineering Education
This new report, produced by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) describes a survey of values and beliefs, attitudes and preferences of a representative sample of 1,500 UK citizens aged 11 to 19. The results show that adolescents divide themselves broadly into five categories, determined by their values as well as their reactions to engineering as a subject and as a potential career.
Find out more and download the report


STEM-identity: Why have we spent 30 years getting it wrong?
Our latest report 'Not for people like me?' has been generating a lot of interest. WISE Board Member, Averil Macdonald, has written a blog about how to encourage under-represented groups to consider that physics and engineering has something for them. "For those of us who self-identify using adjectives we rarely hear physicists and engineers described as "people like me".

The day you were born and the Engineering you used
Produced by EngTechNow, this infographic shows a story of how you may have been born and the engineering behind every new arrival in the country.

Stay connected

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FREE Discovery Workshops for Teachers
Leeds - 21 January
Solihull - 26 January
Hull - 28 January
Manchester - 11 February
The Challenge & Future of Big Data
WISE Knowledge Sharing Event for WISE members hosted by Winton Capital
25 February, London
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
6 May, London
Engineering 4 Teachers
With guest speakers WISE Board Member Averil Macdonald, corporate member Jane Simpson of Network Rail and WISE Award winner Kathryn Boulton-Pratt
29 January, London
WISE will have a stand and be running workshops at this careers event for young people aged 14-25. If you would like to be involved as a role model, please get in touch.
13 February, Leeds
Optimise IT
WISE Director Helen Wollaston joins Clare Barclay from Microsoft to speak at a breakout session on Women in IT at Optimise IT, the UK's largest independent event for the IT industry. 
18 March, Cambridgeshire
Welcome to Mace Group, AWE, Sky, Teesside University, all our new individual members and our new student members who have taken advantage of our FREE student membership
Read this month's blog
Anna Shaw, Winner of the 2014 WISE Apprentice Award
'Inspiring the next generation of female scientists'
Read the blog
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
Your Life's Formula 100 Competition
School students... what they would invent and why?
Closing date: 15 February
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Closing date: 2 February
UK STEM Awards
For STEM students
Closing date: 15 March
Longitude Prize 2014
Closing date: 31 March

North East Digital Girls
16 January, Newcastle
BBC Women in Tech Networking & Development Day
23 January, Salford
2015 Women in IT Awards
29 January, London
Champion the Researchers
A new RAE-funded project aims to engage 11-14 year old pupils in engineering research
29 January, Southampton
Implementing the Science and Innovation Strategy
29 January, London
Supporting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
25 February 2015, Southampton
Train to Become a Marine Mammal Surveyor with ORCA
28 February, Newcastle
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