News from WISE
“You don’t have to lose your femininity”
This was one of the learning points highlighted by girls who attended the Building your Future workshop in London.
WISE is working in partnership with the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium, and with funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, to deliver a series of workshops to inspire girls into careers in engineering, construction and the built environment. The first of these workshops was held at the Building Centre in London on the 23rd November, and was attended by over 80 girls, parents, teachers and role models. Many thanks to all the role models who gave up their Saturday morning to talk to girls about working in engineering. Other learning points included:
“Engineer’s job is a mix of science and creativity.”
“Not only men do it!”
We are repeating the workshop in Birmingham on 1st Feb 2014. Book early to secure your place!
Please spread the word to local schools and read more about the project
The Independent news supplement: ‘Women in STEM’
Read the supplement about women in STEM published in the Independent Newspaper on 4th December. The supplement highlights how organisations like WISE are helping to increase the number of women in STEM and fill the skills gap, and also includes photos of the WISE Awards 2013 held at the Science Museum in November.
Read the supplement
Science: it’s a people thing
Help inspire girls into STEM careers – FREE resources for teachers, ambassadors, role models and champions.
WISE has teamed up with Intel and The Institute of Physics to create a discussion workshop on the theme of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The workshop has been designed to inspire girls about the STEM subjects where they are under-represented, such as physics and computer science.
Find out more and download the resources
Video of the WISE Awards 2013 is out! Get a flavour of this fantastic event held at the Science Museum in November – Link to the video from the WISE website
WISE Corporate member, Halliburton, is working with the University of Aberdeen to support more women to aim for the top in their career
The Halliburton Leadership Luncheon at the University provided a forum for postgraduate students and young academics in the early stages of their careers to hear the experiences of women in senior positions in the energy industry, in research and in academia.
Find out more
A warm welcome to all our new members
We’re delighted to welcome the Natural Environment Research Council as a new WISE corporate member. Find out more about individual and corporate membership of WISE. Join the campaign and really make a difference!
News from You
Congratulations to the 2013 winners for the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year – Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer, Astrium Ltd; Sara Underwood, Higher Apprentice, Rolls Royce Plc; and Yasmin Ali, Operations Engineer, E.ON. WISE are delighted that two of the winners are from companies which are members of WISE (Astrium EADS and Rolls Royce) Read more about the winners
Power List Scientists – Three of the UKRC’s past ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement’ winners, Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Professor Dame Ann Dowling and Professor Dame Wendy Hall talked about their lives and work on Women’s Hour on the 2nd December, and discussed what can be done to inspire and encourage more women to pursue a career in science. Listen to the discussion on Women’s Hour
Women in space: beyond Gravity – an article in the Guardian by Helen Keen, WISE Media Award winner for the Radio 4 show ‘It is Rocket Science’. Read the article
If you haven’t already seen it… Goldieblox, a toy manufacturer whose products help teach young girls about engineering principles, have produced a video to help improve the image of ‘girl’s toys’. Watch the video
Could IT be You? Your chance to win university study sponsorship for a year through Network Rail. An opportunity for young women aged 16-18. Find out more
Ground breaking study of women’s experiences in the workplace
Project 28-40, a survey led by Opportunity Now, is about listening to what women have to say and taking action to change the status quo. Women are under-represented at the top and that there is still a gender pay gap; but yet there is no shortage of talented, ambitious women in the UK & Ireland.
Take part in the survey
Chrisalys is seeking female volunteers from the STEM sector who are prepared to become STEM Champions to a group of Post 16 female students through involvement in a pilot project that is being delivered between December 2013 and March 2014. The aim of the project is to find out whether involving them in work with Champions improves their knowledge of and interest in STEM subjects as a career. To find out more please contact Chris Gatman: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07803212374. See the Chrisalys website
Have you seen this month’s blog?
This month we have two blogs:
Olga Degtyareva is a research scientist who now runs her own company Productivity for Scientists helping women to be more productive at work and to feel happier in their lives.
Rebecca Wilkins is a Consultant Engineer at Sagentia, and talks about engineering in the medical sector and her passion for design.
Girlguiding – a new report on a survey launched last week Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2013 What girls say about… Equality for girls
Engineering UK 2014 – flagship report on the state of engineering in the UK. Their latest figures on employment destinations show that over two thirds (68.3%) of male first degree engineering graduates went into an engineering and technology occupation. The comparable figure for women was just over half (51.1%).
Read the full report
The 2013 Power Part Time List was announced on 5 December 2013, and profiled exclusively in the Financial Times. One of the winners is Sarah Long, Principal Engineer at Atkins and who was featured on Radio 4. Atikins is a corporate WISE member.
Read about the 2013 winners
Listen to Sarah Long talking about working part time (at 2h 40m)
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – download a new report from the CMI on Women in Management: tackling the talent pipeline
Cornerstone Maths – a new website with information about the project, including how to get involved. Cornerstone Maths is a blended learning approach to teaching the most challenging Key Stage 3 Maths concepts, developed by SRI International and the London Knowledge Lab.
View the website
Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei – an ‘awesome’ new book about female adventurers – and great role models for girls.
Find out more about the book
The University of Liverpool – Head of Institute: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Integrative Biology
BBSRC – Call for BBSRC Strategy Advisory Panels and Pool of Experts
Research Councils – seeking applications from suitably qualified academics or experienced individuals from the industrial/business/financial/government/voluntary/creative and cultural sectors, to fill a number of vacancies on their governing Councils, including some with Audit Committee responsibilities.
Babcock – World Class Graduate Programme Opportunities
Atkins – Graduate opportunities and more
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) – Graduate opportunities
Advertise your job vacancies on the WISE website
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10 Dec, London – PROSPECT PIONEERS (fully booked)
17 Dec, Birmingham – HEA STEM: Building Confident Engineers: New to Teaching (NTT) Workshop
10 Jan, London – WISE Leadership training
1 Feb, Birmingham – WISE Building your Future: Discovery workshop for girls
27 Feb, London – The Rail Business Awards
If you have any questions or comments about WISE, please email firstname.lastname@example.org