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WISE Awards Shortlist
September 2016
   Creative, energetic, focussed, passionate, tenacious, unstoppable – These words describe the twenty seven women and three men shaping a different world – WISE Awards Shortlist 2016 announced today. 
The judges had the unenviable task of picking out 3 finalists in each category from so many inspirational stories. We are pleased to announce a diverse shortlist -  inspiring girls and women of all ages, carrying out groundbreaking research, improving health and safety, setting up businesses and above all, making a difference not just within their own organisation but within the wider community. WISE will use  their stories to change perceptions – please contact us for further details about those most relevant to your audiences so that we can provide content for you to share.
The winners will be announced at the WISE Awards ceremony in London on the 10th November 2016. Book your tickets for the WISE Awards now, limited number of tables remaining. 

The WISE network continues to grow and we welcome our newest corporate members Johnson Matthey, VMWare, Amazon, Stafford Long and Partners, Marklogic  and all our new individual members. 
Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 
Jo Hannaford joins WISE board

We are delighted to welcome Jo Hannaford, partner in the engineering division at Goldman Sachs, to the WISE Board as a Non-Executive Director from the 1st September.

Jo says “The commitment WISE pledge to women in STEM is inspiring and through enabling more women with opportunities, WISE is levelling the playing field more so than ever before.” 

Read more about Jo here

Join Our North East Hub

The WISE hub for the North East of England is holding its launch event on September 22nd , 3-5 pm, hosted by Northumbrian Water at their Durham offices. WISE hubs are co-ordinated by our members in  the region and provide additional local opportunities for WISE individual and corporate members to come together, network and learn from each other. If you’d like to attend please contact WISE Hub Co-ordinator-  Nicola Horler. 

 WISE already has regional hubs in Bristol and Plymouth with those in Aberdeen and West Midlands also planning launch events in the near future. If you’d like to attend future events or get involved click here

People Like Me - Network Rail

Network Rail commissioned WISE to produce a bespoke People Like Me pack, featuring role models working for Network Rail. 
"The best thing about my role is being able to make a difference to my team, the wider company, industry and the travelling public"Kamini Edgley, Chief Mechanical and Electronic Engineer, Network Rail. Kamini's job role types are Entrepreneur, Explorer and Supporter. She is one of the many inspiring role models featured in the  People Like Me pack.  

If you are interested in developing a bespoke pack for your sector or organisation, please get in touch -


WISE calls on Government to monitor the impact of Brexit on women’s participation in STEM. Among the suggestions put forward in our submission is government encouragement for employers to recruit women onto technical apprenticeship programmes and re-training schemes for women looking to come back into work after a career break.

Read the submission here.

New Transport for London Board

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, who is on the WISE Board,  has been appointed to the Transport for London Board. 57% of the Board are women, 29% from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and 13% have a disability. 

Apprenticeship Levy Funding Proposals

Drawing attention to the huge gender divide in apprenticeships which will get worse unless there is a concerted effort to promote STEM apprenticeships to girls and women, we asked the Government to allow employers to draw down funding from the Levy contributions for activities designed to engage, recruit and support under-represented groups. Under the current proposals, only the training component of the apprenticeship is eligible for funding – not any associated support costs. Click here for more information. 

The Female Face of Civil Engineering

The Female Face of Civil Engineering booklet is now live and can be viewed here. The booklet has been produced by WISE corporate members CGL featuring women working in engineering and is aimed at school students, particularly between 14-16 years old, to inspire and interest them in engineering careers and the value of STEM subjects. 

WISE Career Development Course
There are two places left on the Career Development Course starting in Manchester on Wednesday 14th September, the places are available at discounted rate for WISE members. 
For booking information please contact WISE on or call 0113 2226072
WISE Awards Compere Announced
We are delighted to welcome SKY News presenter Anna Jones as our compere for the 2016 awards ceremony. 
The Association for Science Education Annual Conference
Professor Averil Macdonald OBE (author of the original ‘Not for People like me’ research and the People Like Me resource packs) will be attending the Association for Science Education Annual Conference to demonstrate the People Like Me approach on Friday 6th January 2017. Professor Macdonald OBE will be leading a session at the conference demonstrating how the People Like Me resource can be delivered effectively to girls aged 11-14.  The conference is taking place at the University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus. You can find out more about the event, and book your place, here.
Working on your Athena Swan submission?

University Members please ‘Save the Date’…

On 19 October WISE will host a webinar focused on the Athena Swan process.  Bring about change in your organisation and share guidance from WISE members on how to transition from bronze to silver and gold.

Please register your interest to attend here.

More Girls Taking STEM Subjects

More girls are taking STEM subjects and achieving good grades. We were particularly pleased to see a steep rise in the number of girls taking computing at GCSE and A level. As well as computing, the number of girls taking biology, chemistry, engineering and physics at GCSE rose faster than the number of boys taking these subjects. The drop in boys and girls taking A level physics is disappointing however, as this is a key entry subject for engineering. See a gender breakdown for all STEM subjects on the WISE site

STEM Graduates Earn More

Good news for STEM graduates – 7 out of 10 of the top paying graduate jobs are in engineering and tech. The list, compiled by Glassdoor, highlights how valued these occupations are, and their importance in the UK employment marketplace.

RAF Residential For Girls
Girls Only Residential Course, held at RAF Cranwell base : 24th October – 28th October. FREE for students. 
This course will team students with the RAF’s and other engineers who will offer guidance through every step of the design-and-make projects used to improve skills in team building, time management and budgeting.  The course is delivered by the Smallpiece Trust and applications need to be in by the 21st September.
The Gender Pay Gap

Research from CMI and XpertHR reveals no progress has been made on reducing the 23% gender pay gap, The annual Gender Salary Survey found that 14% of men in management roles were promoted to higher positions in comparison to 10% of women. Click here to read more. WISE members can access slides on gender pay gap reporting produced for our Knowledge Sharing Event in July 2016 on the member area of the WISE site.

Join the Fawcett Society's Equal Pay Day campaign and take action on the 10th November, the same day as the WISE Conference

4 Reasons To Study Electronics

Electronics is a valuable and growing sector in the UK but the demand for capable, employable graduates is currently outstripping supply. There are plenty of reasons to study Electronics at university, click here to see 4 great ones produced by WISE members, the UK Electronic Skills Foundation.

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