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Welcome to GetSET news – the monthly newsletter from WISE
8 August 2013

CONGRATULATIONS FROM WISE: celebrating your summer of success

WISE Chair recognised by her University
Congratulations to WISE Chair, Trudy Norris-Grey, who was awarded an honorary fellowship of the University of South Wales last month for her services to business. Swansea-born Trudy has been the Chair of WISE since 2008 and is also currently the Senior Vice-Present for Microsoft in Central and Eastern Europe. For six years she also chaired the Innovation, Science & Technology Committee of the Confederation of British Industry and has blazed a trail as a leader of business and an advocate for women as the Chair of WISE.

Engineer wins Real Business Award
Congratulations to Joanna Kennedy, Global Leader of Programme and Project Management and Director of Arup as well as being a WISE Patron, who was presented with the First Woman in Engineering award at the First Business Awards recently. The judges commended Joanna for her inspiring career and for her work both on major engineering projects and for the wider profession, describing her as a professional engineer in every sense of the word.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2013
Congratulations to a recent graduate from WISE supporters, the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management who has been named top student entrepreneur in the UK at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Victoria Hamilton, who studied product design engineering, landed the top accolade after beating competition from 66 institutions across the UK. Only 10 business plans from universities and business schools made the shortlist for the awards, with Victoria’s design for an innovative knee protector chosen as the outstanding entry in the undergraduate category.

Four outstanding women scientists awarded top prize
Congratulations to these inspirational female scientists who were recognised at the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at The Royal Society in London recently: Dr Tracey Gloster of the School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews for her work on understanding unusual forms of protein glycosylation (biochemistry). Dr Emily Jones of Birkbeck University for her work on causal pathways to autism (cognitive psychology). Dr Suchitra Sebastian of the University of Cambridge for her work on creating the next generation of superconductors (condensed matter physics). Dr Katie Hampson of the University of Glasgow for her work on investigating strategies for canine rabies elimination (ecology).

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation appoints female President
Congratulations to Sheila Holden, The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation’s newly inaugurated President for 2013/14. This appointment has marked a significant moment in CIHT history as Sheila is the first female President of the Institution since it formed in 1930.


Opportunities to join the WISE team
WISE is looking for three people who share our passion for promoting female talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to join our small and friendly team. The roles are full time:
Business Development Manager, home-based with UK-wide travel and frequent meetings in London and Bradford. Secondment welcome. Download the job description here
Office Manager, Bradford city centre based. Download the job description here
Marketing Intern, Bradford city centre based, unpaid: an exciting opportunity for a student to learn valuable marketing skills during the summer break. Email Campaigns Manager Sarah Shaw to find out more; IMMEDIATE START.

The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship
This is your final opportunity to apply for this scholarship, open to female scholars wishing to pursue engineering at University or as an apprentice, as the deadline is August 31st. Download the application form and find out more.

SPE Offshore Europe 2013, Conference & Exhibition
Held in Aberdeen from the 3rd to the 6th of September, OE13 is a major event in the upstream industry calendar. Of interest to WISE subscribers, there is a ‘topical lunch’ with speakers on Wednesday 4th September entitled ‘Women in Industry’ find out more and book tickets to this session here. WISE also have a presence at OE13, find us at stand 1A71 in Hall 1: meet members of our team and some of our industry role models.

WISE Leadership Training in association with IBM
In response to demand, WISE are running another Leadership Training course in association with IBM. Dates are to be confirmed but the course will run in central London some time in the Autumn and is aimed at women in the early stages of their career in STEM. Please email us to register your interest.

WISE Awards 2013, November 14 Science Museum, London
Thank you to everyone who nominated for the WISE Awards this year; we have received a fantastic response – look out for the shortlist being published soon. Tickets are now on sale to attend the WISE Awards 2013 dinner and ceremony, being held in the heart of the Science Museum exhibition space. Enjoy celebrating inspirational females in STEM with your friends, colleagues and contacts plus enjoy engaging speakers and the excitement of finding out who has won the awards! Tickets are priced at £75 per ticket, or £700 for a table of 10. Please email us now to reserve your tickets.

WISE Welcomes

A warm welcome to all our new members, individual and corporate including:



Winton Capital

Telford Arts and Technology College

University of Southampton

Find our more about individual and corporate membership of WISE here. Join the campaign and really make a difference!

Get Involved

Career development preferences: A study of female graduates in their thirties in the UK
Marianella Méndez, an MSc student of Human Resource Development and Consultancy at Birkbeck University of London is currently undertaking research about career development and is seeking women in their thirties, either currently employed or unemployed, living in the UK to part in the research. For more information or to take part please contact Marianella directly.

Daphne Jackson Trust Sponsored Fellowship Opportunities
The following opportunities are currently available:
The University of York – fellowships hosted and half sponsored in any of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and related disciplines. Closing date: Friday 30th August. (Half sponsored fellowships are matched with another suitable sponsor by the Daphne Jackson Trust.)
Medical Research Scotland – Three fully sponsored fellowships in subjects related to biomedical research, to be held in any Scottish university. Closing date: Friday 6th September.
Visit the Daphne Jackson Trust website for more information.

WISE members Leeds City College announce new Access to HE Engineering Diploma

This diploma is a flagship for the new regional diplomas and it is the first of its kind to be offered in the Yorkshire & Humberside region. The new Access to HE Engineering diploma based at the Horsforth campus of Leeds City College is designed to prepare students to enter University to study all branches of Engineering. The curriculum is highly appropriate for people returning to work or looking to study part-time. As the course is only 14.5 hours in college it lends itself to those with other commitments ie: mothers (and fathers), carers and those with part-time employment. Staff on the course and support in college are highly experienced in developing and motivating students so that they can achieve their potential in addition to their other commitments. For more information or to apply please contact Dr Annie Carr, Access to HE Science & Engineering.


Have you seen this month’s blog?

Guest blogger and WISE Trainer Christine Alexander-Smith talks about developing personal resilience in a corporate setting. Check it out now and post your comment. If you would like to share your story as a guest blogger email Campaigns Manager Sarah Shaw.  If you would like to be a role model sign up as a GetSET woman now: click here for more information.


Women in Science Research Network
The Women in Science Research Network (WISRNet), launched on July 24th, is a cross-disciplinary network of academics, archivists and practising scientists who have come together to examine the participation of women in learned scientific societies, from 1830 to current times. Please join the mailing list to keep in touch and find out more.

Infographic: Building the Gender Balance in the ICT Profession
CEPIS is the representative body of national informatics associations throughout greater Europe. CEPIS’ main aim is to promote the development of the information society in Europe and this infographic shows informative statistics about women in the ICT profession.

The National STEM centre online careers database
An openly accessible STEM careers resources database, brought together by the National STEM Centre, collating several existing catalogues of STEM careers materials. Visit and select ‘STEM’ on the top level navigation and then choose ‘STEM Careers Database’ from the left-hand list.

A Chemical Imbalance: a film, a book, a call for action
Commissioned by the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award, A Chemical Imbalance is a short film, a book, and ultimately a call for action, highlighting some of the obstacles still faced by women in STEM and academia. With enough exposure the hope is that A Chemical Imbalance can make a positive contribution to the way people consider gender, feminism and the challenges we all share in achieving equality.

Career Opportunities

Ford Graduate Programme
This is your opportunity to be part of the powertrain product development team for one of the country’s leading engineering companies.
Further information about the Ford Graduate Programme and how to apply

The British Geological Survey
The British Geological Survey is one of the world’s leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes.
Highly motivated and experienced hydrogeologist to be based at our Edinburgh office.
Closing date: 23 August 2013.
Further information – Hydrogeologist
Highly motivated and enthusiastic hydrogeologist to be based at the BGS office in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Closing date: 26 August 2013.
Further information – Hydrogeologist
A vacancy has arisen for a Petrophysicist scientist at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
Closing date: 26 August 2013
Further information – Petrophysicist
Highly motivated and enthusiastic geoscientist to work on characterisation of shales as a potential source of methane (shale gas) at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
Closing date: Friday 30 August 2013.
Further information – Post Doctoral Research Assistant
You will contribute to a range of groundwater-related projects in the BGS Environmental Modelling and Groundwater Science programmes. The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time.
Closing date: Friday 31 August 2013.
Further information – Groundwater Modeller

Signalling Designer RL-000025
Civil/Structural Engineer RL-000383
View all the latest job vacancies at Atkins

STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)
Graduate Recruitment Scheme Now Open

Advertise your job vacancies on the WISE website
To advertise your job opportunities with WISE call us on 01274 724009, click here for more information or email


Monday 2 – Saturday 7 September
Campus Party Europe 2013. This week-long celebration of all things digital will see more than 10,000 developers, gamers, hackers and other digital enthusiasts armed with laptops, camp out in tents at The O2 in London to explore the world of tomorrow. Look out for ‘Women in Tech’ day on Thursday 5th featuring inspirational female speakers from the world of digital. WISE members are entitled to a 20% discount.

Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 September
SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition 2013. SPE Offshore Europe (OE13) conference and exhibition in Aberdeen attracts a global audience of engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders and experts to share ideas and debate the issues of the moment in the upstream industry. Visit WISE at OE13 on stand 1A71 in Hall 1: meet the team and some of our role models.

Friday 6 September
Energise Your Future. As part of SPE Offshore Europe, OPITO develops and leads these highly interactive events aimed at pupils between the ages of 14 and 19.

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