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February 2017
 WISE focuses on increasing gender balance in the core STEM subjects where in the UK, participation of girls and women remains persistently low despite growing demand for people with qualifications in these areas – particularly in technology and engineering. Statistics published last month show no significant change in the number of women graduating in core STEM subjects from UK universities. This year’s WISE Awards will prioritise nominations from those who are making a difference to the numbers of women in physics, maths, computing, engineering, construction and other STEM subjects where girls and women are in a minority from the classroom to the boardroom.  Check out the 10 categories and encourage people in your networks to put in nominations. 

We were encouraged by the enthusiastic response from companies who came to the launch of People Like Me Goes Digital, on 31 January, hosted by CA Technologies, the first sponsor of this ambitious project to reach 200,000 secondary school age girls. Despite over 600 organisations running STEM outreach and engagement programmes in the UK, only 7% of girls leave UK education with a core STEM qualification. 65% of mixed state secondary schools in the UK have no girls studying computer science at A level. If we don’t reverse this trend, girls will miss out on the best paid jobs and UK businesses will struggle to fill vacancies for people with technical skills. People Like Me offers a fresh approach to a long-standing problem. WISE is collaborating with techUK to use technology as a way to scale up the reach and impact of this campaign. We need six more sponsors to get the project off the ground. Contact us today to find out how you can help.

Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 

Welcome to our new corporate members AKT II Ltd, Black & Veatch, Blackpool and Flyde College, Emtech Colleges, IET, McLaren Applied Technologies Ltd, MSK Search Consultancy, Tidal Lagoon Power and special recognition to BAM Nuttall who become WISE Premium Members.

"Our relationship with WISE has grown significantly since we became corporate members in August 2015 and our business is responding positively to our work on gender diversity following the implementation of the WISE Ten Steps model."
Helen James, Beyond Zero Advisor BAM Nuttall Ltd. 
Read Helen's full quote on their WISE member page here.

A big hello to all our new individual members. Find out how you can become a member here.
WISE Awards 2017 Nominations NOW OPEN!
Nominations are now open for the WISE Awards 2017. There are ten categories recognising organisations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to champion gender diversity in STEM. This year you must nominate yourself for a WISE Award and cannot nominate someone else. Find all you need to know about the WISE Awards nomination criteria here. Deadline for nominations is Friday 23 June.
Think you deserve a WISE Award? What you waiting for! NOMINATE NOW
People Like Me Goes Digital

Last month, we announced that our People Like Me resources is going digital. The project, a collaboration between WISE and techUK aims to show 200,000 girls the benefits of studying STEM subjects. Sarah Atkinson, VP, Communications for CA and a member of techUK’s Women in Technology Council said; "We liked the content-rich approach. The material is well thought-out, well-researched – When we looked around, People Like Me really stood out." Find out more

WISE is Recruiting... Soon

Want to be a part of a leading, high profile campaign to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM? Upcoming roles at WISE include Executive Assistant to WISE CEO, Membership Director and Development Manager. Check the WISE website for updates.

Royal Patron Joins us in Wales
We are delighted to announce that HRH The Princess Royal will speak at The Senedd, on 13 March 2017, marking International Women’s Day by celebrating the fabulous contribution women in Wales are making in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Read about the full event here.
WISE Returners Programme

Are you:
On maternity leave and preparing to return to work?
- A woman who has recently returned to work?

This two-day programme will deliver renewed confidence as well as practical tools and targeted interventions to help you focus on specific areas of your work and home life. There is a 50% discount for women who are currently out of work. Find a course near you!

Bring your daughters to work week 24 - 28 April

We would like to challenge WISE members to create an impact during April by holding a ‘bring your daughters to work day’ at their workplace or to visit your local school(s). This can be held on any day during the week of 24 to 28 April 2017. Want to join in? Find out how here or support us online by sharing the campaign Thunderclap!

Higher Education Stats 2016

Statistics published last month show there was no significant change in the number of women graduating from UK universities with a core STEM degree in 2016 compared to 2015. Just over 22,000 women graduated in 2016 in the five core subjects most relevant to construction, engineering and technology, compared to over 65,000 men. See the WISE analysis

WISE Knowledge Sharing Event: Flexible Working - London
Join us in London for an event focussing on one of our Ten Steps: Making flexible working a reality for all. From our recent Measuring Progress Event we know that many companies are making great progress in this area. Find out more and book here.
Reducing Bias in the Recruitment webinar
Over 45 members joined WISE to learn tips on reducing bias in the recruitment process and hear from MACE on the impressive impact their initiatives have had to increase their female pipeline. A recording of the session is available in the member area of the of our website here.
International Women's Day Event's

Our members will be doing amazing things to celebrate International Women’s Day. Showcase your activities during March by submitting your event details here before 27 February. To share blogs, comments and photos after your successful event please email us. See our calendar for a full what's on.

Barbie is back.. and she’s had a makeover

WISE Young Women's Board member Jess Wade, talks about Barbie's controversial new look. See her full blog post here.

Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017

Nominations for the Women’s Engineering Society and the Daily Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017 are set to open on 8 March. For more info and to see last year's list visit here.

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Joining WISE gives you access to a network of connections, expertise, jobs, paid work placements and training to build confidence, increase your visibility and enable you to make a difference in your role and in your sector. We welcome members at any level, male or female. Find out more about the benefits of membership and Sign up today

Membership is open to all UK residents over 16 years of age. Do you know someone embarking on an apprenticeship, degree or first job in STEM? Tell them about free membership of WISE or forward this newsletter.

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