News from WISE
"Engineering is not as boring as I previously thought, it consists of loads of funny moments. It's a passion!"
In partnership with Walsall College and Black Country UTC, WISE led an inspirational 'Create your Future' discovery workshop for girls, parents and teachers wanting to find out about careers in engineering. The event was part of National Women in Engineering Day celebrations. The Bloodhound SSC was on show at the college, a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph. Read the press release
The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship
Girls, teachers and parents! Girls can apply for this scholarship.
Closing date for applications: 1 August.
WISE Award nominations
There are 10 categories to choose from!
Closing date: 22 August
Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day
WISE would like to congratulate the Women's Engineering Society (WES) for initiating and organising the inaugural National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) and stimulating so much activity. Celebrations went on during the week of the 23 June and over 80 events took place nationally.
WISE were involved in a number of events to celebrate NWED. Director, Helen Wollaston and Board member, Dr Nina Skorupska both spoke at the WES conference on 23 June. Nina also spoke at the Women in Renewables event on the 26 June in Bristol and Lynne Palmer, WISE Partnerships Director, attended events at the Defence Equipment & Support organisation in Bristol to promote the role of female engineers and scientists. Lynne also presented at the Prospect 'Raising Our Sights' action planning workshop held at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. WISE supported Hays in putting on a successful hands-on event for school girls in Southport read more here and Fay Best, WISE Associate, attended an event at Skipton Girls High School in Yorkshire where a team of girls are through to the finals for the design of a safety cycle helment (see below). At the end of the week Fay led a Create your Future discovery workshop at Walsall College. And Alun Griffiths, WISE Board member and Sarah Bond, WISE Associate also attended related events.
In the media, WISE were featured in The Independent's Media Planet supplement, Women in Engineering, produced especially for NWED.
Women in STEM discussion on London Live
WISE identified four speakers to appear live on London Live TV on 20 June. The panel discussed routes for women into careers in science and technology. The panel included Memona Mohammad, BT Higher Apprentice; Rose Russell, Ursuline Academy Ilford; Katherine Jackson, Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald and Emily Rigby, Software Developer at Bloomberg. Bllomberg are our headline sponsors for this year's WISE Awards.
The 16min discussion is now divided into two parts:
Women in Science and Technology
Making Science sexy
Media opportunities: WISE receives many requests for speakers and representatives for a wide range of events such as this. If you would like be notified of speaker or media opportunities, please sign up to be a member here.
Government funding for employers
This is the second of 3 planned funding calls to develop and increase the stock of engineers. This call is specifically designed to support those employers who are willing to help more women to progress as engineers and the focus of the fund is to support.
Find out more about this funding opportunity
Contact WISE to talk with us about how we can support your projects to recruit and retain women - email@example.com
WISE Knowledge Sharing Breakfast
There was a very successful WISE knowledge sharing breakfast event held on 3rd July. It was entitled 'Women in Technology; the Employment Value Proposition' and was hosted by WISE Members BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in their offices on Southampton Street in London. Gillian Arnold, WISE Board member and chair of BCS Women Specialist Group opened the event by giving a summary of the month long BCS Women in IT Campaign which is encouraging women of all ages to consider a career in IT: BCS WIT. Sarah Hill, CEO at Capability Jane, with James Evans of BP then shared the conclusions of their research project into 'Attracting and recruiting women in technology'. They covered what a compelling employment value proposition looks like for highly qualified women in technology, highlighting the key career drivers for senior women in technology and how they differ from men. Sarah Shaw from WISE gave an update about the WISE Awards 2014 and Lynne Palmer from WISE talked about corporate partnerships and the 10 step plan that WISE is developing with the Royal Academy of Engineering. This was followed by some excellent networking opportunities and discussion about how attendees could make recruitment adverts more compelling for women.
CIHT Routes to Diversity project
Over the coming 12 months WISE will be working with the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) to identify best practice in recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce in the highways and transportation sectors. The project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is the first study of its kind in the transportation and highways sector. To discuss the project, or with any queries, please contact Priya Patel, WISE Administrator in the first instance, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the project
The actions emerging from the WISE strategic alliance is an industry-led Ten steps, which STEM employers can adopt to improve retention and progression of talented women in their organisation. Allan Cook, Chairman of Atkins and Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Diversity Leadership Group, is leading this project. He will gather names of other CEOs and Chairs to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging other companies to take forward the ten steps. The letter will be published in a national newspaper in September. If your company wants to sign up, please contact WISE by the end of July at email@example.com
Find out more about Ten steps
A Royal June for WISE
WISE are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal remains committed as our Royal Patron, dedicated to supporting the WISE mission of promoting women in science, technology and engineering. In this our 30th anniversary year we were privileged to receive two Royal invitations to mark the occasion: a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and a very special invitation for the inaugural WISE corporate member company, Rolls Royce, to join HRH in the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. Read more
News from you
Congratulations to Firebrand Apprentice, Kimberley Bolton, who has become the first woman to win the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year award.
Congratulations to the winners of the LOreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards: Dr. Clémence Blouet, Dr Tracy Briggs, Dr. Eva-Maria Graefe and Dr. Sneha Malde.
Congratulations to Team Helmon from Skipton Girls' High School who have created a life-saving product for cyclists. Their product, Helmon, came first in the competion's semi final, and the girls will be competing in the Grand Final in London on 16th July. If you would like more information about Helmon, or if you believe you or your business could help develop their idea in time for the final, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
New equality charter in Northern Ireland
Twenty leading employers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector in Northern Ireland have signed up to a new equality charter to demonstrate their commitment to improving gender balance in their business. The Charter, which is a first for Northern Ireland was launched on 4 June at an event organised by the Department for Employment and Learning STEM business group and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Read more
Opportunities to make a difference
Student to Stemette mentoring scheme
This programme brings together girls aged 16+ and women currently working in STEM. A cohort of girls will be given the fantastic opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with mentors, whilst any girl who tunes into our public webinars will receive advice, guidance and connections from a network of other women working in STEM.
Find out more about being a mentor or menttee
Women in IT Scorecard
E-skills and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have updated their scorecard for gender representation in the IT industry. Read more and download the report
Talent at the table: index of women in power and utilities
EY’s Women in P&U Index analyzes the top 100 companies in the sector and ranks them by the number of women on the board of the headquartered company and on the senior management team. Read more and download the report
STEM Education Learning Report: Social Investments in STEM Educations by BG Group plc
This research aimed to identify key lessons and success factors which would be of wider interest and value to other organisations aiming to support, or deliver, STEM education initiatives. Read more and download the report
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