May 2014

News from WISE

WISE Awards 2014
It’s WISE Awards time again! We are delighted to confirm a date for the prestigious WISE Awards 2014 which is Thursday 13 November in central London. Building on the success of last year, we are planning an exciting evening event with a drinks reception and black tie dinner and we have again invited our Royal Patron HRH The Princess Royal to present the awards. To mark 30 years of the WISE campaign, we are hosting a day time programme of events on the theme of ‘The STEM workforce we want to build for the next 30 years’ and all of the sessions will be delivered by our awards sponsors.
Find out more about the event, sponsorship opportunities, tickets and nomination categories.

WISE Student Colloquium
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal paid a special visit to the University of Huddersfield for the WISE Student Colloquium on 8 April. The event, which was supported by ExxonMobil and attended by representatives of many leading companies, provided an opportunity for female STEM students from across the UK to meet employers, learn about graduate programmes and hear from women who have used their engineering qualifications to forge exciting careers. Read the press release
“I left the event believing in myself."
We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the event. In the survey after the event WISE observed an increase in the proportion of female students with a desire to work in engineering.
Read the feedback and survey results

BCS Women in IT month long campaign
More encouragement is needed to attract girls into the IT profession according to findings from a new survey published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. A month long campaign is running throughout May to encourage women of all ages, from young students to women returners, to consider a career in IT and join the profession. Thirty influential women in IT are volunteering to act as role models and, through blogs and video interviews, share their stories and thoughts about the profession. WISE Chair Trudy Norris Grey is on the calendar on 9 May.

Read the press release
See the BCS Women in IT month long campaign

Job vacancy at WISE
WISE is seeking a Communications Officer to help grow the reach and impact of the WISE campaign. The role will focus primarily on offline marketing and PR. The deadline for applications is Monday 2 June and interviews will be held on 16 June. Further details and how to apply

The Engineering Excellence Hub in the Northwest
WISE Director, Helen Wollaston, spoke at the launch of a major new initiative designed to tackle the skills needs of engineering and manufacturing employers of Greater Manchester. Involved in the partnership are WISE members Tameside College and Trafford College. Employers will lead the partnership and drive the development of education and training in skills that really meets their requirements, now and in the future. 

Read the full press release

National Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2014
WISE will be involved in a number of events on and around National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) including the Women's Engineering Society's (WES) conference 'Women in Engineering: The Challenge'. If you are running an event for NWED, add it to the WISE website here. In addition, Mediaplanet are currently running the 2014 Women in Engineering campaign which will launch on the 23 June as a multi-page supplement in The Guardian newspaper and online. Discounts are available for WISE members on the rates for different levels of sponsorship for print and digital. Please contact Rebecca Nicholson at
Read the previous supplement featuring women in STEM

HRH The Princess Royal continues to support WISE
We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has confirmed that her Royal Patronage of WISE will continue for a further three years until 2017.

News from you
Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards 2014
'Winning for Women'
Congratulations to WISE members:
MITIE - winner of the 'Directing Diverse Talent Award'

Royal Air Force - winner of the 'Nationwide Inspiring the Workforce of the Future Award'
Royal Mail - shortlisted for the 'Champion Award'
Atkins - shortlisted for the 'Directing Diverse Talent Award'

Athena SWAN Award winners
Congratulations to the 89 Athena SWAN Award winners including WISE members, Kingston University and the University of Oxford.

Teenage girls race to success
Team Nero from Regent House School in Newtownards have been chosen to represent Northern Ireland in the F1 in Schools World Finals after winning the prestigous FIA women in motorsport award at the UK National final in April.

Radio Design Engineer Liz Phillips has become one of only 140 women worldwide to be accepted as a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Opportunities to make a difference
Nominate for the Black British Business Awards 2014
Nominate for the only premium awards programme that celebrates exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black people in businesses operating in Great Britain. Closing date 27 May 2014. Find out more and nominate

Government launches Your Life Campaign
WISE, along with hundreds of organisations across the UK, have pledged action to boost the role of women in science and engineering. The campaign is calling for a 50% increase in the number of students taking A Level maths and physics in the next three years. F
ind out how you can support the campaign

Entries to the IET 2014 awards are now open!
The Institution of Engineering and Technology are searching for a dynamic young woman who represents the very best of their profession. The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2014 will be an able ambassador, representing women in engineering and acting as an inspirational role model.
Find out more and nominate

Nominate for the Women in the City Awards 2014
Recognise and reward the achievements of a female colleague, client, customer or friend. Find out more and nominate  

Women in Technology Survey 2014
Mortimer Spinks and would like to hear from both men and women on the subject of Women in Technology. Their aim is to influence genuine change across the industry and this survey is your chance to be a part of that change. Take the survey here

Women engineers in glossy mags
Blogger Lucie Goulet at Fashion Abecedaire is looking for engineers to feature in an article about the representation of women engineers in fashion magazines and fashion in the professional life of an engineer. Contact

Inspiring the Future
Inspiring the Future are running an 'Inspiring Women' campaign to encourage women to talk to school girls about their careers and encourage them to consider all the options. They also have a 'Designed and Made' week, from 30 June to 4 July, to highlight design and manufacturing roles to young people. Inspiring the Future are also looking for bloggers to write about their experience as a professional going into schools to talk about their job, please contact if you are interested in writing a blog.


Research reports
Good Career Guidance Report
This report is about career guidance in English secondary schools, and how it could be made better. Sir John Holman's report sets out the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that influence career guidance: ‘push’ factors are school-based while ‘pull’ factors come from employers. Push and pull complement each other, and the report concludes that employer-pull is as important as school-push.
Find out more and download the report

REview - Renewable Energy View
A new report published by the REA. REview builds on the REA’s 2012 report Renewable Energy: Made in Britain, the first industry-wide analysis of employment in the UK renewable energy industry.
'The definitive report on jobs in the renewable sector.'
Find out more and download the report

New CaSE report: Improving diversity in STEM
This new report brings together data and research from the last five years to build a picture of the current state of diversity in STEM, from education to the workforce. It is still the case that women, disabled people and those from ethnic-minorities or socially-disadvantaged groups are consistently underrepresented, particularly at senior levels, in science and engineering.

Find out more and download the report
New set of resources from Tomorrow's Engineers
Leaflets and postcards for young people, parents and teachers, giving useful information about careers in engineering.
Find our more and download resources

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Masterclass for women in science with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
Public speaking and communicating your research. Discount for WISE members.
26 June, Glasgow
Create your future
Discovery workshop on engineering careers for girls, parents and teachers
28 June, Walsall
WISE Knowledge sharing breakfast
The next meeting for WISE members will be hosted by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The theme will be on Women in Technology.
3 July, London
Read this month's blog
Women inspired by WISE
Joanna Kennedy - How far have we come? And how far to go?
Welcome to Tameside College, JTL Training, DSTL and all our new individual members.

Very Early Career Woman Physicist award
The Women in Physics Group invites applications from women at the start of their careers in physics who have made a substantial contribution to the subject.
Closing date 30 May 2014

High Tea with BP
9 May, London
Google Science Fair
Deadline for applications - 12 May
Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing and Supporting your STEM Staff and Students
11 May, Edinburgh
'Astronomy and Poetry' - Professor Bell Burnell
13 May, York
CIHT and WTS Women in Transport Webinar
13 May
Data Driven Diversity: The facts about being LGBT in the Engineering profession
13 May, London
Open Event at Lincoln University Technical College
13 May, Lincoln
Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing and Supporting your STEM Staff and Students
14 May, Edinburgh
Women in Rail - "Women in Engineering: What's Holding You Back"
14 May, Derby
Think Differently, Think Diversity
15 May, Leeds
Athena SWAN Annual Lecture
15 May, Bath
Opportunities for Women - Your Career in STEM
16 May, London
Women in Science Network Launch
20 May, Hertfordshire
Recruitment Evening - Engineering and Construction
21 May, Solihull College
Revealing lives: women in science 1830-2000
22 May, London
Creating Change Women's Retreat
23 May, Edinburgh
WiBSE Confidence Workshops: Leadership
28 May, London
Manchester Girl Geeks Barcamp
31 May, Manchester
Developing the next generation of scientists and engineers
3 June, London
Choosing our Futures: A Roadmap for STEM Education
10 June, London
Gender and STEM. Where next for Universities?
12 June, London
Making Diversity Interventions Count- 4th International Conference
17 June, Bradford
Scientists of the Caribbean
17 June, West Sussex
Bigger Bang VIII: Scientists of the Caribbean
19 June, West Sussex
National Women in Engineering Day
23 June
Women in Engineering: The Challenge
23 June, London
WiBSE Confidence Workshops: Dealing with Difficult People
25 June, London
EDT Inspire Year 11 Girls - Study Skills Course
30 June, Warwick
Gender Summit 4 - Europe 2014
30 June - 1 July, Brussels
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