May 2015

News from WISE

New WISE Website
We are proud to announce that our new website is now live and you can feature on the home page! WISE members can send us a quote about how working with WISE benefits their organisation and a photo to go with it and we will share the good news. Please also send any other comments or feedback to

WISE Awards 2015 Latest News
Kate Russell, inspirational journalist, reporter and author who has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995 will be compering the WISE Awards & Conference 2015. She is best known for weekly appearances on BBC technology programme Click and we are delighted to have her support.

Nomination forms are now available for the WISE Awards; the deadline for submissions is Monday 17 August at 9.00am. There are a total of 12 categories including Research, Lifetime Achievement, Open Technology, Tech Start-up and Girl to highlight and celebrate women in STEM from the classroom to the boardroom. Follow us on twitter to find out more using #WISEAwards2015
Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships
WISE in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover will be offering 2 scholarships this year, one for an undergraduate and the other for an apprentice. Application forms and further details can be found here. Tweet the good news using #WISEScholarship. Please email with any questions.
Focus on Construction
Following on from the resounding success of WISE Energy as a sector specific LinkedIn group, we are working with a team of eight graduates at Balfour Beatty to set up ‘WISE Construction’ and grow the WISE membership in the construction, civil engineering and built environment sectors. Watch this space for more details on how to get involved.
WISE Director Helen Wollaston attended the recent Women in Construction Awards in Manchester and met some inspirational female engineers helping to attract more talented women to the sector. WISE are also hosting a table at the Women in Construction & Engineering Awards this week and will showcase the winners in our next edition of WISE News; good luck to all those nominated.

People Like Me Resource Pack
The 'People Like Me' resource pack is beginning to take shape! Designed for teachers and careers advisors to engage girls with STEM subjects by allowing them to associate their attributes and skills with different types of scientists, this is a revolutionary approach to opening up STEM careers to girls. The pack is a progression from the revealing 'Not for people like me' research by WISE which uncovers the need for completely different messaging to attract girls and how it can change their attitudes. WISE will launch the pack at the British Science Festival in September. 

Sponsors include Network Rail, South East Physics Network, Babcock International, Mott MacDonald, British Sugar, and the Girl's Schools Association and our thanks go to them for making the pack happen. There are limited partnership opportunities left so if you would also like to get involved, please email Alternatively individuals can donate towards the pack by following this link.
WISE Board member and author of the original research, Professor Averil Macdonald, will be delivering a session on this revolutionary approach to attracting girls into STEM at techUK on 1 June. Booking information is available here.

The WISE team is growing
We have welcomed two new staff members to the WISE team this month. Karen Ditchfield, our new Operations Director will be leading on the operational delivery of the WISE back-office functions to support the growing membership and development activities of the WISE campaign
. Ruth Duggan, the new Communications Assistant will assist the communications team as well as enabling the smooth running of many WISE and partner events. Ruth also supports the Partnership Team by communicating with members and liaising with our role models and speakers. Please let Ruth know if any member details need updating by contacting
Mentoring - Sharing Good Practice
Final call for the next WISE Knowledge Sharing Event
WISE members are being hosted by DSTL at their Porton Down, Salisbury site on May 13th at 10.30am. We'll be looking at Mentoring Circles, the Impact of Mentor Gender for Women in STEM and exploring different Perspectives on Mentoring in both the academic and
corporate world. We'll also be looking for companies who are interested in being involved in our inter-company mentoring pilot, so we very much hope you'll be able to join us. If you'd like to establish a mentoring programme or give your current one a refresh and relaunch, WISE can help you by providing advice and support via our consultancy service. If you'd like to find out more about how we can make a difference to the mentoring activities within your organisation contact Suzy Firkin on  
News from you
2015 UK IT Industry Awards
Celebrate IT excellence at the UK IT Industry Awards 2015 - the benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry 
Nominations are now open. The deadline is Friday 10 July 2015, 5.00pm 
‘King of the Nerds’
Casting has started for a potential second series of King of the Nerds for Sky 1, a show where ‘nerds’ compete in various tasks until one contestant is crowned ‘King of the Nerds’. They are  really keen to find women with an interest in science and engineering to take part in the show. Please contact Mark Whelan for further information.

Digitising the WES Journals
Copies of the original WES journals are currently held in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) archives. They contain a wealth of knowledge not only of women in engineering but the journey of engineering in the UK since World War 1. Since 2004 the journals have been digitised and are available to download here. The IET also digitised the first journal for WES.

The artist bringing Ada Lovelace back to life
Ada Lovelace has a good claim to be the first ever computer programmer. Now to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, Ada's story has been re-imagined as a graphic novel.
Congratulations to...

WISE corporate members Atkins, BAE Systems, Capgemini, Goldman Sachs, RAF, Royal Mail Group and Shell for being included in The Times Top 50 employers for women list
WISE educational members University College London, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, Imperial College London and Loughborough University on achieving the Athena Swan Award.
Dr. Jen Gupta, the South East Physics Network and Ogden Trust outreach officer for the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), has been shortlisted for an Asian Women of Achievement Award.
UK Scientist Professor Dame Carol Robinson has been named the 2015 European Laureate in 17th annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.
17-year-old Abigail Morgan, A- level student at Malmesbury School has won the £36,000 James Dyson Foundation scholarship and has applied to study civil engineering at university.
The female winners of the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards which seek to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates.The twelve winners this year included eight women studying a range of degrees from Construction Project Management to Mathematics, Economics and Integrated Engineering. We wish them all every future success.

Opportunities to make a difference

You Can Be Part of the BCS Guinness World Record Attempt Saturday 13 June 2015
WISE members BCS are aiming to break the record for the largest number of people learning to code an Android App simultaneously.  In order to do so they have locations across the country with female trainers teaching all manner of people (including children) how to code. If any organisations that are members of WISE would like to join in and hold an App-a-thon please contact for more details. 

I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer, two online outreach events in which scientists and engineers talk to school students at and For two weeks June 15th- 26th, scientists and engineers will answer students’ questions, and engage directly with them in live text-based chats. Students will vote for their favourite researcher to win £500 to spend on further public engagement.
How Did You Get Into Technology? 
Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly Women in Technology Survey 2015. Their
 4th annual Women in Technology Survey is live.To take part, click here. This year they would like to inform and inspire people about the amazing industry. They would like to hear from both men and women to grasp a real picture of the industry today.
Be a WISE Role Model
If you are interested in representing WISE and contributing to our mission of 1 million more women in the UK STEM workforce then sign up for FREE individual membership by completing the membership form on our website. If you are already a member and want to get more involved or would like any further information about the kinds of opportunities available, please contact 

Pink Petro
Pink Petro is a global business community providing access to quality content and people for women to advance their careers in energy.  They are a social media platform exclusively designed to close the gender gap, advance women, and be an advocacy arm for the energy sector.

Research reports

The Gender Agenda: STEMing the gap- an adecco group UK & ireland report
Adecco Group UK & Ireland embarked on this independent research to understand why the ‘leaky pipeline’ persists and establish how we can encourage young girls to study STEM and ensure they go onto pursuing a career in the sector.
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Mentoring - sharing good practice
WISE Knowledge Sharing Event for members
13 May, Salisbury
Career Development Programme for Women in STEM
14 May, London
Career Development Programme for Women returning to STEM
18 June
Career Development Programme for Women in STEM
17 September, Manchester
WISE Awards
2015 WISE Awards and Conference.
12 November, London
WISE Conference 2015
12 November, London
RAF Residential Work Experience
For girls in Year 10
August, Wolverhampton
Annual Debate
7 May, Sheffield
Diversity: Does it Matter?
12 May, Manchester
Welcome to Velocity Automobiles, Kingston University, ACE, CGL and all our new individual members. Individual membership is now FREE
Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, Europe, Middle East & Africa
"Take every opportunity offered to you, even if it seems too challenging."
Aero MSc Bursary Scheme
For STEM graduates and final year undergrads
Scholarship applications: 20 May
Schools Aerospace Challenge 2015
Closing date: 1 June
Royal Television Society Bursary The deadline for applications is 12.00 Midday, 1 June 
IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards is now open for entries! Deadline 26 June 
Women in IT Awards
Closing date: 28 August
Women in Business and Technology Scholarship
Closing date: 31 August
Women in Engineering Awards
Offers a £10,000 award to 30 selected female students
Closing date: August 2015
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