December 2015

The WISE Word Cloud shows how WISE Awards finalists describe themselves. A great summary of the talents women bring to STEM - use it to inspire others to follow their footsteps.
WISE pick of 2015 resources
Our recommendations of information and resources relevant to the campaign: we have picked the best from 2015, one for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

1. WISE analysis of the Labour Force Survey shows 104,000 more women working in STEM in the UK than in 2014.
2. More detailed statistics on the technology pipeline can be found in the biannual report from BCS and the Tech partnership. 
3. For detailed diversity analysis of trends in engineering go to Engineering UK’s the State of Engineering 2015. Look out for the 2016 version early in the New Year.
Skills shortages
4. Engineering and IT professionals come top of a list of 38 job families facing skills shortages. High level STEM skills requirements in the UK Labour Market, UK Commission on Employment and Skills, July 2015
Women on Boards
5. See the Davies Review Annual Report 2015 for rankings of FTSE 100 and 250 companies by the number of women on their boards,  with commentary on effective levers for change

6. Evidence-based advice to reduce bias in recruitment decisions. A head for hiring: the behavioural science of recruitment and selection, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), August 2015
Good practice  
7. A toolkit to help employers recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce produced by WISE for the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport: Routes to Diversity and Inclusion, September 2015 
8. Increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering: benchmarking survey and toolkit from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity Leadership Group, November 2015. 
9. People Like Me – A summary of the evidence behind WISE’s resource pack to show girls, teachers and families that STEM qualifications open doors to a great future
10. The Ten Steps, now with 40 signatories; read the list and share the Ten Steps framework with your leadership team.
Inspiring role models
11. 2015 saw yet more role model videos to get a positive message across to a wider audience. Featuring several familiar faces, one of the latest is Engineering Change, launched at the WISE Conference by the Institution of Civil Engineers
12. Throughout June, BCS featured women in technology on their website, including two of the WISE Young Women’s Board, Vedika Dalmia of Bloomberg and Jia-Yan Gu of Goldman Sachs. 

Feel free to share your suggestions @theWISEcampaign
All best wishes for 
Christmas and the New Year
Helen Wollaston
WISE Chief Executive
Boost your career in STEM
London - starts 14 January
Manchester - starts 21 April

Don't miss the Skills 4 Award Winning career development programme being delivered in London and Manchester in the New Year. 4 day course spread over a 3 month period providing support, guidance and coaching to women at any stage of their career, looking to move to the next level.
How Gender Diversity Drives Innovation
London, 20 January
Hosted by Imperial College London, this WISE Knowledge Sharing Event will bring together Imperial researchers, students and WISE industry partners in a panel discussion on
'How Gender Diversity Drives Innovation.' Speakers include, Kerry O’Donnelly Weaver and Angela de Manzanos Guinot, founders of FungiAlert and Kate Ronayne, Head of Innovation of Science and Technology Facilities Council .   
Free for WISE Members. 
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Free event for teachers
Hull, 28 January
A FREE Twilight workshop to enable teachers to access the latest research and resources to engage girls with STEM. WISE and Technician Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) project, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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Girls, parents and teachers!
Hull, 10 March
“I have learnt that not all engineers are men. There are different types of engineering and it is a well -paid job!”
A workshop for schoolgirls (13-18) , parents and teachers who want to find out more about Apprenticeships, HE pathways and the engineering and technician routes available for women in the construction and engineering sectors. 
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Read about the November event in Leeds
Holiday gift guide
Stuck for something to buy your daughter, niece... this Christmas? The WISE Young Women's Board have put together some ideas. Read their blog
Join the SEMTA Steering Group
Semta are looking for female engineers to join our WorldSkills UK Engineering Steering Group that meets quarterly to discuss and develop a range of engineering and manufacturing skill competitions from Aeronautical Engineering to Welding, if you are interested in finding out more contact Joanne O’Brien on for more information about Semta’s WorldSkills UK Engineering competitions, please visit our website:
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WISE Members - Don't forget!
If your company or organisation is a WISE Member, they get FREE recruitment adverts and articles in Focus on Talent. The next one goes out in January so don't miss out! 
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People like me update
‘I might change what I thought I would do – Hair and Beauty to Engineering!’
Since WISE launched People Like Me, over 150 girls from across the country have taken part in sessions inspiring them to pursue STEM. You can train to deliver this ground breaking resource, sessions are planned at: UCL, London, Atkins, Bristol and FDM, Leeds. For more info please email WISE Associate Ruth Farenga
Premium Membership
Did you know Premium Membership of WISE is available which gives you an integrated consultancy package tailored to your needs? Laura Shrieves, UK Engineering Performance Associate of Thales UK commented: ‘We are delighted to be supporting WISE as a premium member as it aligns with our overall diversity strategy. We have collaborated with WISE to develop a package of support, using the Ten Steps diagnostic tool and the output of the cultural analysis survey to identify the key interventions that will have the biggest impact within Thales. We look forward to working closely with WISE over the next three years to deliver real change within our business.’
To discuss Premium Membership please contact WISE Partnerships Director Lynne Palmer:
Sponsor the WISE Awards 2016
In the wake of our hugely successful event last month plans are well under-way for next year’s WISE Awards. We are looking for a Headline Sponsor and a Sponsor for the WISE Health & Safety Award for women’s contribution to improve business critical areas such as health and safety, sustainability or other areas which are business critical to the sponsors sector. If your business would like to sponsor either of these options or you have an idea for a different WISE Award you would like to sponsor in 2016 please contact Communications Director Sarah Shaw:
WISE Conference 2016
“The speakers were inspirational and I found the opportunity to network extremely useful.”
The WISE Conference 2015 provided delegates an inspirational and informative day. Attendees enjoyed the mix of presentations and were wowed by the fantastic interactive exhibitions on display. We have had some fantastic feedback:
Plans for next year’s conference are already shaping. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch
Diversity and Inclusion Campaign
WISE recently participated in Mediaplanet UK’s ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ campaign in the Independent newspaper and online. Read WISE Chair Trudy Norris-Grey's article on 'Closing the gender gap in the technology industry.'
Opening Doors
Opening Doors: A guide to good practice in countering gender stereotyping in schools. Published in October 2015, WISE was on the Advisory Group for the project. 
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