April 2016

Don't miss the WISE Conference 2016 taking place on Thursday 10 November at The IET, Savoy Place, London. With sessions on gender parity in science, technology and engineering, from classroom to boardroom, this is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation, access the latest insight, learn from others and make valuable connections with male and female delegates from a diverse range of STEM roles.

There are exclusive opportunities to get involved including sponsoring sessions and exhibiting. Find out more and book your tickets.
Welcome to our new members Diamond Light Source Ltd, Hitachi Rail Europe, CEMAR, CSIA Trust Ltd, St Teresa's Catholic Primary School and all our individual members.

Best Wishes,
Helen Wollaston
Chief Executive
New Signatories for the Industry led Ten Steps
The last month saw a flurry of new signatories to the Ten Steps – they included Ramboll, Pell Frischmann, Jacobs and Kier Group. If you want to use the Ten Steps as a framework for your activities to retain and develop your female talent why not have your own in house Ten Steps workshop facilitated by WISE? Contact us.
WISE recruitment tips
WISE Recruitment Hints and Tips are available on the Members Area of the website for all corporate and corporate individual members. We now offer WISE Recruitment Workshops to member organisations wishing to tailor their recruitment process to attract a more balanced talent pool. For more details contact Suzy Firkin.
NHS England Chief Scientific Officer’s WISE Fellowship
Applications close, April 15
The Chief Scientific Officer's WISE Fellowship is a unique opportunity for mid-career female healthcare scientists to gain invaluable leadership experience. Successful applicants will be selected based on both their potential to make a difference in their current and future roles in addition to their commitment to inspire the next generation of healthcare scientists. Apply here.
Returners Programme
20 April, Surrey
8 June, Birmingham

Whether you are returning after your first child or are have been balancing work and family life for some time, this two-day programme will deliver renewed confidence as well as practical tools and targeted interventions to help you focus on specific areas of your work and home life, enabling you to safe-guard your professional, personal and mental wellbeing.
Find out more
Career Development Course
21 April, Manchester 
4 days spread over 3 months delivered by Skills 4, providing support, guidance and coaching to women in STEM at any stage of their career, looking to move to the next level. Still not sure if this is for you?
Find out more and book a place
People Like Me in Tech
26 April, Leeds
Girls and their Mothers and/or Female Carers are invited to this FREE workshop, to coincide with the Leeds Digital Festival. Find out about exciting Tech Careers and meet 'People Like You' who enjoy working in Technology.
Find out more and book your FREE place.
Attracting women to your graduate and apprenticeship programmes
27 April, Southampton
Join us at this event, hosted by Mott MacDonald, to discuss the challenges of attracting young female talent to your scholarship and graduate programmes. Share with WISE members across all sectors, best practice ways to; influence the early decision making process of young women applying for your programmes, find out about cross-sector wide examples from fellow practitioners and discuss how to actively tackle the challenges. Book your place.
Media & Presentation Skills Course for women in STEM
4 May, Central London £199+VAT
WISE have joined together with award winning broadcasters Lefevre Media to hold an inspirational training day. 
Get your story covered by the media, give great TV and radio interviews, make your work attractive to the media and communicate your research or job to the wider public.
Book your place.
Men in Action - The WISE World Café
17 May, Cheshire
Hosted by AMEC Foster Wheeler, join men (and women) who want to make a difference for a practical and frank exchange of ideas on how we can help to redress the balance within our own organisations. The format for the morning will provide fresh impetus to accelerate our personal and organisational leadership on this critical issue. Book here.
Effective outreach
15 June, Leeds
WISE is working with Ahead Partnership to run a session for employers wanting to get role models into schools in Leeds. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. Opportunities are also available in London.  
People Like Me in Electronics
'Girls often perceive a conflict between their self-identity and the stereotypical identity of a person working in Electronics, which leads them to reject science and maths qualifications.'
The UKESF and WISE have worked together to produce this People Like Me pack to show girls that people like them find jobs they love in the Electronics sector. If you are interested in developing a bespoke pack for your sector or organisation, please get in touch.
'Get into Tech'
Sky is launching a brand new training programme – ‘Get into Tech’ - to provide free specialist training for women seeking careers in technology. Find out more
Congratulations to WISE corporate members Mott MacDonald and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, finalists for the NCE100 companies of the year 2016 diversity champions category. This award recognises firms taking responsibility for making the construction and engineering workplace welcoming to all by pushing the diversity agenda and by striving to be great and safe places to work. See all finalists.
CIHT Diversity Toolkit
The CIHT has produced a short animation summarising the diversity and inclusion toolkit produced by WISE. 
Inspiring the future - Redraw the balance
WISE members have recommended this short film from MullenLowe London which provocatively captures how, early on in their education, children already define career opportunities.  
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that 77% of working mothers report potentially discriminatory or negative experiences. See the report and recommendations.
ACAS receives 7,000 calls about sex discrimination - they have published a new guide. Contact Suzy Firkin for expert support and training for STEM employers. 
Offshore Europe 2017
Catherine MacGregor, President Europe & Africa, Schlumberger has been appointed chair of this major event for the oil and gas industry taking place in Aberdeen from 5-8 September 2017. WISE is looking forward to working with our corporate members to put diversity on the mainstream agenda.
Social Tech Seed
If you’re using the internet and digital technology as a force for social good and are looking for early-stage funding, apply for the Social Tech Seed investment programme. The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Thursday 14th April 2016.
Women & Consultancy
Why do women leave consultancy and how do we get them back?
Ten Steps signatory, PA consulting, is supporting a new research project coordinated by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) to assess the untapped potential represented by women (and sometimes men) who have taken a career break and never returned. The aim of the research is to identify people who have taken a career break from consulting and to understand what it would take to persuade them to return. If you fit this description, please take part in the survey.
Female inventor of the ‘Lyon Shape’
Hilda Lyon was born 1896 in Market Weighton, Yorkshire, a grocer’s daughter. Pursuing her interest in aeroplane stress analysis, Hilda started work as an aircraft technical assistant and went on to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, America, Germany and then finally at the Royal academy of Engineering in Farnborough. Read more..
Free - Girls Only - RAF Logistics Course - The Smallpeice Trust
30th May – 3rd June, Residential Course, Year 10, RAF Wittering, Peterborough
There is no better way to experience the power of logistics than by seeing it solve real life problems. This course will team students with the RAF’s front line deployable ‘logisticians’ who will guide students through every step of the process. Find out more and book.
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WISE enables BBC women to attract girls into digital. Find out more..
Led by the University of Edinburgh, Women in High Performance computing (WHPC) began with a question – “Why are there not more women in HPC?” Read more...
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