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Meet the 2017 WISE Young Women’s Board
We received a huge response from an amazing selection of young women and had to make some tough choices between excellent candidates. Congratulations goes to our new members. Meet them here.
January 2017
 Welcome to the first WISE news of 2017. Real momentum is building as more and more of you are joining WISE and investing in practical projects that will change the face of the UK’s science, technology and engineering workforce. Don’t miss the boat – read on to find out how you can be involved in projects coming up this year.

Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 

Welcome to our new corporate members Byrne Bros and welcome back to Fluor and the University of Southampton. A big hello to all our new individual members. Find out how you can become a member below.
People Like Me goes digital Event Invitation

In 2017, we are making People Like Me truly digital. Join WISE, techUK and CA Technologies as we outline the research behind the pack and next steps in this exciting project. More event details here.

WISE Celebration of Talented Women in Wales
The event, on 13 March 2017, will mark International Women’s Day by celebrating the fabulous contribution women in Wales are making in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We have invited our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, to open the event, and to meet girls from schools in Wales who have been inspired by Cardiff University and Swansea University to find out more about STEM careers via the WISE People Like Me campaign. More info and sponsorship opportunity 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. Starts 2 March. Book now

Bring your daughters to work week 24 - 28 April

Bring your daughters to work day is being held on Thursday 27 April. WISE members are encouraged to create an impact by holding a ‘bring your daughters to work day’ at your workplace or organise a visit to a local school. This can be held on any day during the week of 24 to 28 April 2017. If you would like to get involved, email WISE Development Manager, Shagufta Sharif.

100 female tech role models
Congratulations to WISE board member Gillian Arnold (pictured centre) who featured in the inaugural BCS ‘100 Women Role Models of Tech’ list, last month. The list celebrates women who hold roles in technology have been active in getting other women into the industry.
Report on Women in Tech
Latest figures from the 2016 Women in IT Scorecard research, published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Tech Partnership, show that women’s representation in the sector remains largely static despite continuing strong growth in job opportunities. Read on here.
CBI Employment Trends Survey
The CBI Employment Trends Survey was published in December. The focus of the survey is to access what UK businesses see as the current weaknesses that threaten the UK’s competitiveness. 76% see achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce as important to their future success, with nearly a third regarding it as vital. Read the full report here.
Surveys
Got a spare few minutes? Take a look at the surveys below.

We're planning to make some changes to our website and we would be grateful if you could answer some simple questions to help us make the right improvements. Answer the questions here.

Calling all engineers!  How inclusive is the culture of engineering?  Please help answer this question via a new survey.

Why not help a university student with their dissertation research. Fill out their survey on recruitment methods and retention periods in computing/IT roles.
Save the date
We are delighted to announce our WISE Awards 2017 categories and Gold Sponsors. See the full list here
Venue: 8 Northumberland Avenue
Date: Thursday 9 November
Nominations open: 8 February
Contact: Sarah Shaw for sponorship and further details
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, but we want to spread the word and share some great insight and ideas so that progress is even more emphatic. Book here.
 
WISE Free Member Webinar: Reducing Bias in Recruitment
Join WISE 31 Jan 2017 13:00 – 14:30 via a Free Online Webinar, for a taster session of the WISE recruitment workshop. Find out more about the event and book your place here.

If you can’t join us but are interested in a Removing Bias in Recruitment Workshop for your team or using our Ad Checker service to ensure your advertising has maximum impact on potential female candidates, get in touch with us.
Network Rail People Like Me International Women's Day Event

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Network Rail are aiming to hold STEM inspiring sessions at 40 schools up and down the country. If your school or club is interested in a People Like Me session please enquire here.

Placements for physics students
SEPnet is seeking 8-12 week placement projects in industry or research in areas such as data analysis, mathematics modelling, product design and testing or science communication.

This is a well-established scheme supporting organisations who can offer valuable business experience to physics students in areas such as data analysis, mathematics modelling, product design and testing or science communication. Visit here or contact Veronica Benson for more info.
New Year's Honours List
WISE would like to congratulate all those who have been recognised for their achievements in engineering, technology and STEM in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The list included an MBE for WISE Woman of the Year Debbie Forster (above), for services to digital technology, an OBE for 2012 WISE Award winner Maggie Philbin, for services to promoting careers in STEM and Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon, received an MBE for services to Young Women and STEM Sectors.
Professional Engineering Institutions
WISE was pleased to support the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Progression framework from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Council. The aim of the framework is to support diversity and inclusion in professional engineering institutions.
Engineering prizes
Nominations are now open for the Royal Academy of Engineering 2017 prizes and medals. They are keen to hear from women and other under represented groups please help spread the word and nominate 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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