June 2015

News from WISE

Focus on Technology
During the month of June WISE are having a particular focus on promoting women in Technology.


Most Influential Women in IT
Computer Weekly's annual search for the Most Influential Women in UK IT is now in full swing, and your help is required in selecting the 2015 winner. Congratulations to WISE Chair Trudy Norris-Grey and WISE board member Gillian Arnold who are on the list. You can vote online here. Closing date for voting is 5pm Monday 15 June.

London Technology week - 15-21 June
As part of London Technology Week, WISE Chair Trudy Norris-Grey will participate in the panel discussion at Bloomberg London Tech Week Breakfast: Exploring Creative Workspaces. This discussion will explore the intersection of technology and business, and the ways in which creative environments have a positive impact on productivity. WISE members are invited to attend. 

Get inspired to go into a career in technology
This month's blog features Lotte Cutts, Software Developer at Sky. "In the last 3 years I’ve gone from complete beginner to completing an MSc in Computer Science, and into a job as a Graduate Software Developer."  Read Lotte's story.

BCS Women in IT 
WISE role models will feature in the BCS women campaign to promote women in technology throughout June. Role models include WISE members Jia Yan Gu (12th), Vedika Dalmia (29th), Samatha Ahern (22nd) and Jenny Hotchin (19th). Check in each day to see who is featuring.
Also... don't forget about the BCS App-a-thon - Guinness World Records Challenge
 on Saturday 13 June. 

Women in Technology Research Report

Techwomen UK has produced a research report summarising evidence from the UK and the US to explain the low number of women in technology. Their website includes new resources to support the teaching of technology in schools and colleges. We are delighted that Techwomen UK are now joining forces with WISE. Further information next month.

Opportunities in Technology
Technology Undergraduate Bursary for careers in television. Closing date: 15 June 
Women in IT Awards - Closing date: 28 August 
Women in Business and Technology Scholarship - Closing date: 31 August 

Technology WISE Awards 2015
Two new! WISE Awards categories to celebrate women in technology have been included this year. They are the Bloomberg Open Technology Award and WISE Tech Start-up Award. Nominate now, deadline 17 August!

WISE gets a mention in the special issue of
Technologies at Work produced by Informed Scotland. The publication highlights ideas, issues, projects and resources from across the learning and skills landscape.

Technical Skills Gap
The Tech Partnership has published a one page infographic highlighting key findings on technical skills gaps in the UK, based on a survey of 1500 companies. 
Launch of the WISE Bristol Hub
All STEM professionals, teachers and businesses in Bristol and the surrounding area are invited to attend the launch of the WISE Bristol regional hub. Here you will find out how WISE is setting up a regional hub for Bristol to promote female talent in STEM from the classroom to the boardroom and how your business or school can get involved. 
WISE joins ICE in diversity debates
We were delighted to support WISE member ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) in two of their regional debating events: ICE Yorkshire and Humber's debate was entitled "Is more than positive action required to get more women into engineering?" and ICE Northwest's event explored the theme "Does Diversity Matter?" 

Ten Steps update
Thank you to all our wonderful Ten Steps signatory companies for continuing to spread the word and use the Ten Steps as a common language for change. This month we can announce two new signatories Mott MacDonald and Northumbrian Water. Signatory companies are currently engaging with the Ten Steps Diagnostic Tool which will draw together information on the status of companies on their journey to improved gender diversity. We'll be inviting all participants to a workshop entitled "Measuring Progress - one step at a time" later next month. We've also expanded the reach of the Ten Steps to included professional associations who would like to endorse the Ten Steps and raise the profile of the industry led initiative with their members. The first to formally commit to this has been the Association of Consultancy and Engineering - ACE

National Women in Engineering Day - 23 June
Many of our WISE members will be actively involved in promoting National Women in Engineering Day. If you haven't already done so, please add your event to our events calendar. 

WISE Awards Update
We are honoured to announce that Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, UK and Ireland,  will be speaking at the Conference and attending the WISE Awards. McKinsey publish the Diversity Matters report showing a positive link between diversity in leadership teams and financial performance.

Mentoring - Sharing Good Practice
Our latest Knowledge Sharing Event was held at DSTL's Porton Down site and was extremely well attended by a cross section of corporate, educational and individual members. The headline discussion focussed around DSTL's Mentoring Circles programme. Other topics included how WISE can broker inter- company secondments and initiatives to pair up suitable member companies to create inter company mentoring exchanges. Look out for news of these in future newsletters, but if you'd be interested to participate in either then please contact: s.firkin@wisecampaign.org.uk
Date for the diary: Our next Knowledge Sharing Event will be on 22 July in London and the theme will be 'Unions - Raising our Sights for Women in STEM'.

Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships
Applications are still open for the Undergraduate and Apprentice scholarships. Apply online. 
Closing Date: 24 July #WISEScholarship. Please email s.sharif@wisecampaign.org.uk with any questions.

Who will be our 100th Corporate Member?
We have nearly reached a milestone of 100. Could you be our 100th Corporate, Educational or Organisational Member? Find out more about WISE Membership. Don't forget... Individual membership is FREE!

New Select Committee for Women and Equalities
The Government has announced its intention to introduce a Women and Equalities Select Committee in Parliament for the first time. The new Select Committee will scrutinise the work of the Women and Equalities Minister and the Government Equalities Office. We hope they will look at the employment of women in technical roles across Government and practices in companies which win Government contracts as well as opportunities for joining up policy initiatives across Government to increase numbers of women with STEM qualifications. WISE will be in touch with the Committee Chair as soon as the name is confirmed. Watch this space!

News from you

WeAreTheCity is delighted to announce the launch of the WATC Top 50 Rising Stars Awards for 2015.These new awards are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level and will celebrate 50 female individual contributors that represent the leaders & role models of tomorrow. Closing date for nominations: 26 June.
 

Congratulations to...

WICE Awards winners - the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards recognise the contribution of female professionals within these sectors to encourage more women to consider careers in these industries. Details of all the winners can be found in the WICE Awards online magazine, which include Tamara Holmgren from WISE member Amec Foster Wheeler Energy and Christina Jackson, from WISE member Amey.

Provost's Engineering Engagement Awards: Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers & Innovators
The first annual Provost’s Engineering Engagement Awards celebrated and recognised the hard work, commitment and passion that people at the faculty of WISE member UCL Engineering put in to sharing their research, teaching and learning with children, young people and schools through faculty-led and departmental-led programmes and activities but also through partnerships with industry, government and external organisations.

Engineering Excellence Awards 2015
The evening of celebration recognised the industry's individual emerging talent and named WISE member WSP's engineer Michelle Hicks as Engineer of the Future and WISE member Mott MacDonald's Victoria Sutherland was highly commended.

Asian women of Achievement Awards
Congratulations to WISE members University of East London for winning the Community Award. Other winners included Sevasti Wong, managing director, Accenture, Nicky Jayesinghe, head of professional policy division, British Medical Association and Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon, Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

 

Opportunities to make a difference
 
Sign up to the Women for Media UK initiative
The 30% Club have recently set up Women for Media UK - a database of female leaders in business, finance, government and the not-for-profit sectors who are available for media comment on the key topics of the day. 

Every bright spark needs a challenge – so here’s a chance to light up rooms across the country with your knowledge! Channel 4’s classic quiz show Fifteen to One has begun its search for next season’s £40,000-winning Grand Champion. There’s no good reason why it shouldn’t be you. Find out more and apply


Be a WISE Role Model
We have fantastic role model opportunities available. 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 s.sharif@wisecampaign.org.uk 
 

Research reports

The stereotype that women lack natural "brilliance" could explain their under representation in academia, according to new research based at Princeton University. The study, "Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines" will be published in January 2016 in the journal Science.

Work culture blocking females hoping to return to work
Work culture is blocking females from returning to their career after taking an extended career break, research shows. A study by She’s Back, a new organisation seeking to connect women returners and employers, found that, even though there is lots of talk regarding helping women back into work, the effects of cultural barriers were significant, with 84 per cent of women who have taken a break enthusiastic about re-entering the jobs market.

New IOE publication argues that further education is vital to the future of the economy
A new UCL Institute of Education (IOE) publication has been launched at a conference by Lord Boswell of Aynho. It argues that Further Education (FE) needs to be given greater prominence in education policy and debate in order to alleviate the growing skills shortage in the UK. 


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WISE Knowledge Sharing Event 
Unions - Raising our Sights for Women in STEM
22 July, London

WISE Awards
12 November, London

WISE Conference 2015
12 November, London

Welcome to Salesforce, Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water, Aimia, Lifestyle Verity, SEPnet, EDT, Hackney College, Highbury College and all our new individual members.
Lotte Cutts: A career in Computer Science, "mistakes can often be your biggest asset..."

Technology Undergraduate Bursary
For careers in television
Closing date: 15 June

RAF STEM Work Experience Placement
For girls in Year 10
Closing date: 22 June

Girls into STEM
VEX IQ Challenge Grant
VEX Robotics Competition Grant
Closing date: 30 June

WEST Bursaries
For women studying / training in STEM in South Yorkshire
Closing date: 30 June
Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarships
Closing Date: 24 July


Aero MSc Bursary Scheme
For STEM graduates and final year undergrads
Closing date: 31 August

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 Engineering Awards
Offers a £10,000 award to 30 selected female students
Closing date: August 2015


 

First Women Awards
11 June, London




Bloomberg Build & Design Professions Study Programme Introduction Day
25 June, London






Women in STEMM Workshop
23 June, Edinburgh






STEM Day
8 July, RAF Scampton

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