NEWS FROM WISE
SPE Offshore Europe 2013
The biggest oil and gas event in the UK calendar took place last week, and WISE was present with a stand staffed by role models from Atkins, Shell, Schlumberger, BP, Halliburton, Edinburgh Napier University, Transocean, Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Aberdeen branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers amongst others, who we would like to thank for supporting our presence at the exhibition. Thanks also go to everyone who helped to bring the WISE stand to life including the Scottish Resource Centre, KCA Deutag, Reed Exhibitions and Xtreme who created the stand. A sold-out topical lunch was held on Wednesday 4 September addressing the subject of women in engineering, and WISE patron HRH The Princess Royal was in attendance. HRH The Princess Royal drew a parallel with debates about women in the Royal Navy, saying that in the end, the practical issues are not that difficult to address. She urged parents to “lift their eyes from the old pages which say that maths and science are for boys”. She also stressed the importance of role models who can help people to understand the variety of careers available; she wished role models had come to her school when she was a girl. Read more here.
WISE Awards 2013: Tickets on sale NOW!
Exciting news: tickets are now on sale for the WISE Awards 2013 being held on 14 November at the Science Museum, London. Members are entitled to a 10% discount off the ticket prices which are £75+vat per individual ticket and £700+vat for a table of ten. Email us now to secure your places at this fantastic black tie event. Guests will enjoy a drinks reception in the Energy Hall and a delicious 3 course meal set in the amazing Making the Modern World gallery and of course the awards ceremony itself. Don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate women in STEM and congratulate the winners.
Do you remember the WISE bus?
WISE is 30 years old next year and we are actively seeking anecdotal memories from women who remember the early days of the WISE bus touring schools and any other events you may have attended. Share your stories with us by contacting Campaigns Manager, Sarah Shaw. We look forward to hearing from you!
Independent newspaper supplement: ‘Women in STEM’
Mediaplanet, in association with WISE, are creating a national campaign on ‘Women in STEM’. The campaign will be formed around a special report in the Independent newspaper followed by extensive event and digital distribution, and will aim to encourage more women and girls to enter the sector and advance to the top of their careers. The campaign will feature editorial from leading experts in the field as well as all ten of the WISE Awards 2013 winners. Mediaplanet are offering companies the opportunity to promote their commitment to the cause alongside relevant articles: for more information please contact Sara Downes. WISE Corporate Members are offered a 25% discount on advertising rates, and WISE newsletter subscribers who are non-members are entitled to a 15% discount.
Exclusive WISE Leadership Training for individuals: 1 November 2013
By popular demand, WISE are running another empowering one day course designed to inspire individual women to excel in the field of leadership, the course will be hosted by IBM in central London on November 1st. There are just 14 places remaining at a cost of £225+vat to non-members and £185+vat to WISE members. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis; please contact Jill Cook to express interest and secure your place or to request more information.
A warm welcome to all our new members, individual and corporate including:
We are also delighted to welcome Jill Cook, Office Manager and Carol Green, Administrative Officer, the two new members of the WISE head office team.
Find our more about individual and corporate membership of WISE here. Join the campaign and really make a difference!
NEWS FROM YOU
Britain’s got talented female engineers
A study of 300 female engineers in the UK has revealed an overwhelming majority (over 80 per cent) are happy with their career choice and 98 per cent find their job rewarding. The survey – Britain’s got talented female engineers – carried out by Atkins in partnership with BP, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Academy of Engineering, asked 300 female engineers what inspires them and how they think companies can work to help attract more females in the future. Read more here.
IChemE reports on a US model that predicts risk of women engineers leaving profession
The loss of skilled women from engineering remains a concern as the profession continues to be male dominated. However, new and developing research has identified some of the key factors and indicators that could help predict and prevent those women most at risk of leaving the engineering profession. Read the full story here.
Toys ‘R’ Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing In Response To ‘Let Toys Be Toys’ Campaign
Toy retail giant Toys “R” Us today committed to being more inclusive it its marketing of toys to girls and boys. This announcement follows a meeting on Friday between Toys “R” Us UK board members and Let Toys Be Toys, the consumer campaign group representing thousands of shoppers who are concerned with the influence on children of sexist stereotypes that are still widely used in the toy industry. Read more here.
F1 in Schools launches new software
F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit company established with committed partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. F1 in Schools new software was launched by Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy, who commented “If we are going to succeed, we don’t just need science, we need engineering, engineering in its widest sense, stretching all the way from things that are being done to revolutionise medicine through to cars. We have to be at the top if we want to compete effectively. This means having a ready supply of the most able, energetic and most efficient people in Britain in engineering fields ready to serve our industries and take them forwards and convert into products and services. This means recreating in our schools the sense that this is something of real value and that you can be proud of doing. Find out more about F1 in Schools.
Nominate for the Part Time Power Awards
The Timewise Foundation is calling for nominations for this award from professionals who hold senior roles in their organisations and work less than 5 full days a week. The deadline is Monday 23 September, more information is available here.
Jaguar Land Rover ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers: Young Women in the Know’
Jaguar Land Rover is offering female students interested in engineering, technology and manufacturing careers a unique insight into the world of work. Young women aged 15-18 interested in participating in the next course in February 2014 should click here to apply.
EEF Photography Awards 2013
It’s not often you get the chance to change the way people view manufacturing. By entering the EEF Photography Awards you have the opportunity to show the world how vibrant and expansive British manufacturing is today – and win some fantastic prizes.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Apprenticeships have been highly praised in a new survey from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), with nearly 8 out of 10 (78%) apprentices and 8 out of 10 (81%) businesses saying they would recommend them to friends or other employers. The surveys also showed that 8 out of 10 (83%) apprentices said their Apprenticeship improved their ability to do their job and boosted their career prospects
Women in STEM Resources
Sheffield Hallam University now host the Jan Harding and Joan Mason women in SET / girls in Science and Maths education / gender history collections formerly at UKRC in Bradford – this is an amazing collection of resources covering many years – from conferences to projects and more. The collection is being catalogued and will be available later in the year. The WiSET team also host a small collection of materials and anyone is welcome to contact them with enquiries.
Inspire the next generation of Women in Science
The Sky is Not The Limit – Women in Science Art Print from The Guardian Collection is available to buy now and features great women scientists, aviators and astronauts.
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
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)
Graduate Recruitment Scheme Now Open
Thursday 19 September, London
EDT inspiring future engineers and scientists, invite a limited number of guests to network at ‘The Year in Industry Contribution to the Business Awards’ and attend the awards ceremony, exhibition and reception at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September, Newcastle
Energise Your Future: OPITO develops and leads these highly interactive events aimed at pupils between the ages of 14 and 19. Currently held in Aberdeen, Norwich and Newcastle; Energise Your Future draws together a wide range of companies within the oil and gas sector to showcase careers within the industry and the various entry routes available.
Monday 30 September, Wakefield
Girls Taster Day in Food Engineering for Y13 girls to find out more about the opportunities available in the food engineering sector, and the new Masters Degree at Sheffield Hallam University starting in September 2014. Despite the recession, the food and drink industry in the UK has continued to grow, so please join the Women in SET team to find out about the great opportunities available.
Friday 4 October, London
Harnessing the Energy: This one day event will focus on women in the energy sector and give an interesting overview of the main energy sectors, including a parallel CPD stream for women engineers. Further details at WES. Currently looking for speakers for both the main event and an early careers session of shorter presentations for younger engineers.
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 November, Stockholm, Sweden (closing date for nominations 25 September 2013)
4th Bi-Annual International European Women Inventors & Innovators Network Exhibition, Conference & Awards. The theme of the conference is: Accelerating Growth in Product & Service Innovation in Europe and beyond. The event will bring together relevant and high profile dialogue on possible opportunities across the international world and in particular Europe.
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