April 2015

News from WISE

WISE Awards 2015
Nominations are now open for the WISE Awards 2015. We are delighted to announce that Bloomberg will once again be the Headline Sponsor for the 2015 WISE Awards and Conference; many thanks to them and all our sponsors for their continued support of the campaign. We want to hear from people and organisations making a real difference. Please spread the word via your networks. Contact us if you would like printed flyers to distribute. See the full list of Awards and how you can nominate

Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship
WISE and Jaguar Land Rover today open the 2015 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, aimed at young women planning a career in technology and engineering in the UK. Launched in 2013 by Zara Phillips, the Scholarship is open to those embarking on or currently undertaking an engineering, maths or physics degree course or apprenticeship in the UK this year. The scholarship aims to boost female participation in these disciplines, with the winners receiving £1,000 per year for their studies (up to three years) and professional mentoring. There is one scholarship for an undergraduate and one for an apprentice and they will be presented at the WISE Awards in November. Read the press release

People like me - your company's chance to inspire girls in the classroom
WISE is developing a resource pack for teachers, careers advisers, role models and ambassadors to inspire more girls to choose science, technology, engineering and maths. Based on the findings on the Not for People like me? report, the pack will ensure STEM teaching, outreach and engagement activities are relevant to girls. We're looking for a select group of partner companies to support the project. If this sounds interesting, we'd love to here from you. Please contact: s.sharif@wisecampaign.org.uk

The new Ten Steps Diagnostic 
Lots of activity behind the scenes to enable us to launch our Ten Steps Diagnostic Tool this month. The first of the Ten Steps is "Understand the Starting Point so you can Monitor Progress". The Ten Steps Diagnostic is a simple, but powerful, self report tool which enables organisations to recognise those steps where they are already doing good work and can maybe share good practice with others, as compared with those where they still have a long way to go and might benefit from further advice and support. Ten Steps signatories (there are now 29) will be hearing from us directly about the tool and we'll be encouraging them to complete it and share their results thus creating a benchmark for the future, to which we can return and review progress. If other WISE members would like to try out the diagnostic and get involved: contact Suzy Firkin at s.firkin@wisecampaign.org.uk to find out more.

Culture Analysis Tool relaunched
WISE has other tools and techniques to help you measure your progress on the gender diversity journey. Our Culture Analysis Tool has recently been revamped and relaunched to provide a survey tool that can provide in depth analysis of your workplace culture as related to diversity. The results can provide valuable insight to help inform your diversity strategy and provide feedback on the impact of previous initiatives.

We've reached 11,000!
We're pleased to say WISE now has over 11,000 followers on Twitter. Please follow us.

News from you

Congratulations to:
Sarah Sobka, UK Young Scientist of the Year for research into new drugs for cystic fibrosis patients. Sarah is a pupil at Sheffield High School.
* The winners of the 2015 Women in Construction Awards 
* The winners of the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

Professor Dame Carol Robinson who has been named the 2015 European Laureate in 17th annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.

Opportunities to make a difference

Mentors wanted
As part of the 100 Years of Women in Transport programme, Transport for London is organising a number of pan-industry speed mentoring events, and are looking for inspiring and engaging individuals to take part as mentors. The purpose of the event is to engage, inspire and motivate those currently working within the transport industry, and raise awareness of the benefits of and interest in mentoring. If you would like to be involved, please contact Jasmine Kerry at 
Research reports

Parental leave - Grant Thornton set the tone
Reports on Diversity from the big consultancy and accountancy firms are a regular feature of our life at WISE. Often, there is little new to report, however, the recent report from Grant Thornton did catch our eye. We really liked the strong language GT used to talk about the role of fathers. GT emphasised that we must stop STIGMATISING men who want to take a larger role in child caring and family activities. With the new shared parental leave legislation launching this month we need to be encouraging more men to take up these opportunities and start to alter the gender balance in work and child care. What is your business doing to draw attention to the new legislation?
Read the report - Women in business: the path to leadership

Solving the Equation 
Whilst not a short read, the recently published Solving the Equation report from the American Association of University Women is an excellent report pulling together research and experience in the field of gender diversity in Engineering and Computing. If nothing else, the last chapter on recommendations, is particularly powerful for educators and academics. Also look out for the Harvey Mudd College case study where they have increased female computing graduates from 12 to 40% in 5 years. Find out more  

Vince Cable calls for more women on boards
Speaking at the launch of the latest Female FTSE report from Cranfield University, Vince Cable said that by the end of the decade, he hoped we will have reached a tipping point of a third of company board members being women. FTSE 100 companies are close to the target of 25% set by Lord Davies, although for Executive Directors the percentage is only 8.6%. Congratulations to Shell, the top company in the Female FTSE 2015 ranking from our corporate membership. One of six recommendations for change is to change organisational culture to tackle the “permafrost” preventing women rising to the top. The WISE Ten steps is a framework for changing the culture in a STEM environment. 

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Media & Presentation Skills Course
Delivered by LeFevre Media
6 May, London
Mentoring - sharing good practice
WISE Knowledge Sharing Event for members
13 May, Salisbury
WISE Awards
2015 WISE Awards and Conference.
12 November, London
ICE Yorkshire and Humber Women in Engineering Debate
Suzy Firkin from WISE will participate in this debate.
7 May, Sheffield
Vedika Dalmia 
‘Where Should I Start?’ - Carving a Career In Tech
"Hackathons are a great way to learn new technologies and meet new people."
Aero MSc Bursary Scheme
For STEM graduates and final year undergrads
Scholarship applications: 20 May
Schools Aerospace Challenge 2015
Closing date: 1 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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