June 2016

My inspiration this month came from Ilya Espino de Marotta, Chief Engineer for the Panama Canal Expansion project, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s hour. Whatever you think of her pink hard hat and hi-vis, she shows all of us what we can achieve when we step outside our comfort zone.

Who has inspired you this year? Nominate them for WISE Woman of the Year Award and the inaugural WISE Man of the Year Award before the 8 July closing date. And for those involved in the many tech events and campaigns running this month, please spread the word about our WISE Tech Start Up Award and WISE International Open Source Award. 
PPE is a big issue for many of you  â€“ we had 3,000 responses to the survey conducted earlier this month in collaboration with Prospect, TUC, WES and IMechE. Find out the results and share your views in person on National Women’s Engineering Day.
Be inspired by Amec Foster Wheeler, BAM Nuttall and Capgemini talking about gender balance in their business, in a new film produced by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Enterprise to promote a seminar with WISE on 18 July promoting the Ten Steps to local employers. Find out more.

We would like to extend best wishes to our Communications Officer, Tamsin Spain, who will be leaving us at the end of this month after 3 years at WISE to join Coram, a not for profit organisation, as a Website and Information Manager. We wish her all the best.
Welcome to our new members Akamai, Dare to be Different, GlaxoSmithKline, Horton and Horton Fire Limited, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Skills 4 UK Ltd, University of Lancaster, Department of Engineering, Words & Pictures (Educom) Ltd and all our individual members. You are joining at a very exciting time for WISE - we look forward to working with you all.

Best Wishes,
Helen WollastonChief Executive
Hear from WISE Members
Dr Gemma Sweeny
"I have always loved discovering the best ways to impart knowledge to students"
Mauryn Chika Nweke is a Biochemical Engineer and a final year Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. Read more
Dare to be Different girls
“Our UK events for young girls will boost awareness and demonstrate the varied and exciting areas of the sport."
Dare To Be Different is a groundbreaking, high-profile new initiative spearheaded by former Formula 1 driver Susie Wolff and the Motor Sports Association (MSA). Read more
Dr Gemma Sweeny
"Taking a career break doesn’t mean the end of your scientific career- far from it!"
Dr Gemma Sweeny is a Business Development Officer for the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. She tells her story of returning to work after a career break. Read more
News, Events and Resources
Female PPE - Does one Size Fit All?
23 June, London
To mark National Women in Engineering Day WISE has organised a Knowledge Sharing Event to address a critical issue for women in the industry, in partnership with WES, IMechE, Prospect & the TUC. High quality, comfortable personal protective equipment can have a huge impact on not only the safety of an employee but also on their confidence and performance in the workplace. Book your place.
New Development Director
Dr Mhairi Crawford has joined the WISE Campaign as Development Director.  She says “I am delighted to be part of the team and am looking forward to working to support enabling more women into STEM roles in the UK.  With a physics and commercial background, and more recently returning to work as a mum, I’m excited to use my knowledge and understanding of STEM industries to help women achieve their full potential. 
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
22 June, London
This event brings together women in technology, at all career stages, and industry leading companies. Jess Wade, WISE Young Women's Board member will be speaking at the event plus WISE Corporate Member Bloomberg and WISE Educational Members University College London and Imperial College London. Find out more.
House building for young people
The NHBC Foundation has launched a new online film, Exciting opportunities await: careers in house building for young people, aimed directly at young people to highlight the many benefits of a career in house building including: great training opportunities, wide career choice with good earning potential and rewarding work creating a lasting legacy.
Higher Education
The recommendations from the Wakeham and Shadbolt Reviews include extending work experience for STEM students, improving graduates soft and work readiness skills and embedding the right skills into degree courses. It also suggests that industry/employers and Higher Education Institutes should increase their engagement so there is clarity on what is needed, what is being delivered and, ultimately accredit courses based on their ability to deliver what is needed. 
Mentors Wanted
The University of Manchester Faculty of Life Sciences has a small group of postgraduate students keen to find mentors from the world of business, industry or the NHS. Becoming a mentor is a great professional development opportunity and hugely satisfying. If you’d be interested in getting involved in mentoring (either in person or by telephone) and building connections with the university please get in touch with WISE Membership Director Suzy Firkin and she will put you in touch with the Life Sciences team at Manchester.
The Longitude Prize
Closing date: 26th August 2016
Discovery Awards are small seed grants that aim to maximize the number and diversity of entrants to the Longitude Prize, by supporting existing teams to further develop their ideas, and encouraging new innovators and innovations into the race. 
Support Emily at Brathay Challenge Finals
16 June, Cumbria
The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is an annual contest to find the best apprentice team in the country by tasking them with raising awareness about apprenticeships. The UKAEA apprentices, including Emily Swatton, WISE Apprentice Award winner 2015, have been working extremely hard to visit as many schools, clubs and events as possible to spread the work about STEM subjects and apprenticeships. Please support Emily by tweeting the following: "We are supporting the @UKAEAApprentice on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2016 #BAC16"
Congratulations to Hannah Selby the winner of the We are the City rising star award. Hannah is a Bid Manager in the Integrated Transport Division of WISE members Mott MacDonald. In her current role she manages and supports a variety of bids across the division ranging from international airport developments to local UK based public transport schemes. She is the co-chair and founder of Advance, Mott MacDonald’s UK Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network. 
Understanding data to start change
6 July, London
WISE members and data analytics powerhouse Aimia host this WISE Knowledge Sharing Event to help us see diversity data in a different light. Speakers from Aimia and other WISE Members will showcase practical case studies and give attendees the opportunity to share experiences related to establishing reliable and useful data reporting to make your programmes data driven. Book your place.
10 November, London
The WISE Conference is building up to be a great event. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available. One of the sponsors Airbus, have recently bought some additional tickets for colleagues as a thank you for their time to support diversity initiatives! Why not do the same and reward all the good work happening at your organisations? 
Award For Final Year Female Scholars
September - October
The UKESF has partnered with Skills 4 UK to create a new, annual award that will be open to female scholars who are entering their final year of university. The Skills 4 UK Scholar’s Award 
will provide the successful applicant with a place on Skills 4 UK’s award-winning Career Development Programme and additional coaching support. The recipient of the award will also be an expenses-paid guest of the UKESF at the NMI Industry Summit and Gala Dinner.
'There are so many opportunities for my daughter in STEM'
A People Like Me session was delivered at a recent Girls' Schools Association event to show mothers that a STEM qualification will open doors to a great future for their daughter. An Abbot's Hill School parent commented that 'the evening was interesting and opened our eyes to the many opportunities available.’ If you are 
interested in getting involved with a bespoke People Like Me pack or would like your organisation to be trained in the People Like Me approach, please get in touch with Ruth.
Career Development Course
Course start date: 14 Sept, Manchester 
Delivered by Skills 4, this course provides support, guidance and coaching to women in STEM at any stage of their career looking to move to the next level. Discount for WISE members. Book your place.
LGBT Networks
25 June, London and 30 June, Bristol
Join EDF Energy, Bristol Pride and InterEngineering for a Panel Discussion on setting up and maintaining LGBT+ Networks. This panel discussion aims to answer questions about starting and maintaining a LGBT+ Network from a panel from EDF, the MOD and Balfour Beatty. Find out more. Join the InterEngineering walking group for the Pride in London parade in London 2016. 
Register for a space.
Girls into Engineering
18-21 July, University of Warwick
On this residential course you will not only meet lots of like minded people but you'll get to work alongside industry experts. You'll be analysing high-tech products, attending engaging workshops and putting your new found skills into practice with your own design and make projects. All this plus social activities and a taster of university life, what are you waiting for?! Find out more.
The 50 most influential women in UK IT
23 June, London
Over the last 20 years the numbers of women working in IT professions has declined significantly. In order to counteract the disparity, many organisations, including BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), have tried to attract and retain women in IT. One of the key activities is to put female role models in front of other women in the professions to show that IT can be a great career and hugely fulfilling. The event will announce the winners of this year's competition. Find out more and book a place.
Congratulations to all our members that have been recognised in the The European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards 2016. See all the winners.
Inspirational blogs
Joanne Haskins delivering a workshop to girls
“Everyone can be inspirational”
Joanne Haskins talks about how she went from being too scared to give assemblies to inspiring girls to go into STEM careers and gives tips on how you can too!
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