Awards and criteria

This year we are bringing together for the first time the annual WISE Awards and the prestigious Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards at one high profile event. We have added a new award, CEO Charter Champion, to acknowledge the key role played by men and women leaders.

Your organisation can demonstrate its commitment to gender equality and diversity in STEM by backing one of these awards, through our SILVER sponsorship scheme. Contact us today to find out more on 01274 437168.

The 2012 WISE Awards in association with Amey

The WISE Excellence Award – Sponsored by Thales
Recognising the achievement of women in the early stages of their STEM career. The winner will show a high level of commitment to her chosen profession and to the promotion of science, engineering and construction to girls and young women. The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000.

The WISE Diversity Award - Sponsored by Intel Corporation
Celebrating the achievement of organisations in building diversity and engaging with young people. This Award is open to schools, industry, universities, colleges, charities and professional bodies.

The WISE Advisor Award - Sponsored by Arup
Acknowledging the key role played by teachers, advisors and mentors in motivating girls and young women to pursue STEM related subjects and helping them make choices.

The CEO Charter Champion - Sponsored by EADS
Acknowledging the importance of leadership in building gender equality. The champion will be a leader who has demonstrated a visible commitment to women in SET, demonstrating leadership and evidence of communicating positive practices in gender equality from the very top. Open to the many companies that have signed the UKRC CEO Charter.

Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards

For Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Celebrating women who are creating significant change, making discoveries, innovating processes, establishing new ventures and helping the UK excel in science, engineering and technology.

For Communication and Outreach - Sponsored by Science and Technology Facilities Council
Paying tribute to women who are communicating about science, engineering and technology within local communities, bringing their work and thereby the wider role of science, engineering and technology to children, schools, families, journalists, policy makers and many other audiences.

For Leadership and Inspiration - Sponsored by the BBC
Profiling the women who are leading STEM businesses, research teams, academic organisations or professional bodies - women who are creating change and transforming culture and ways of working. Inspiring women may also  be emerging as leaders after taking an atypical route and overcoming challenges to progress, or as an advocate and mentor, supporting and developing others and leading them to success.

For Lifetime Achievement - Sponsored by Microsoft
Paying tribute to women who have significantly achieved in SET over their career lifetime and who through their work have inspired future generations of women to pursue a SET career.