WISE Awards 2012 – open for nominations

Posted Apr 5th 2012, 10:54 in UKRC

The UKRC and WISE have launched the annual prestigious WISE Awards for gender equality and diversity in STEM.

For the first time, the event will merge the UKRC’s Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards and the WISE Annual Awards to deliver one high profile event - The 2012 WISE Awards in association with Amey - to be held in October 2012 at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, London. 

The WISE Awards will be presented in recognition of the achievement of companies and individuals in promoting science, engineering and construction to girls and young women, with a Diversity Award for outreach to young people from communities often under-represented in STEM. The UKRC’s Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards are a collection of creative and dramatic portraits that profile outstanding contemporary women within science, engineering and technology.

“The inspiring and dedicated work of individuals and organisations is essential to building a talented and diverse STEM workforce,” says UKRC Interim Director Jane Butcher. “These Awards are a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate achievement in gender equality and diversity across the broad spectrum of science, engineering, technology, mathematics and construction. We encourage everyone active on this issue to take part to secure a wide range of nominations for the many individuals and organisations who are changing the face of SET.”

This year there are eight categories, including awards for organisations, leaders, advisors and inspiring young women and four Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The closing date for nominations is 11 June 2012. Nomination forms are available at: http://www.theukrc.org/news-and-events/the-2012-wise-awards/nominate-today

Nominate today!

The 2012 WISE Award categories:

The WISE Excellence Award – 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. Sponsored by Thales

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

The WISE Advisor Award – Acknowledging the key role played by advisors in motivating girls and young women to pursue STEM related subjects and helping them make choices. 

The CEO Charter Champions - Acknowledging the importance of leadership in building gender equality. The champions will be three individuals from different organisations who have demonstrated a visible commitment to women in SET, demonstrating leadership and evidence of communicating positive practices in gender equality from the very top.

Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards - For Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Celebrating women who are creating change, making discoveries, innovating processes, establishing new ventures and helping the UK excel in science, engineering and technology.

Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards - For Communication and Outreach
Sponsored by the 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.

Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards - For Leadership and Inspiration
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. 

Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards - For Lifetime Achievement
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.

The event sponsors

Lead sponsor: Amey
Sponsors: Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Thales, Intel, University of Northampton, Alcoa, IET and Synergy Vision

Join us as a sponsor of these prestigious awards
To find out more, contact Rukhsana Din on r.din@theukrc.org or phone 01274 437168 

Background information

  • WISE is a long-established campaign which aims to inspire girls and young women to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
  • The UKRC was set up in 2004 to increase the participation and progression of women in STEM and work with employers to create resources and initiatives to maximise women’s potential in the workplace.

Why the awards are important:

  • Many STEM sectors have predominantly male and ageing workforces. In addition, there are very few women in positions of leadership.
  • At the same time, use of diverse talent is increasingly seen as key to improving innovation, productivity and staff retention, and to address the skills shortages in many areas of STEM.
  • It is estimated that the UK requires over two million people to meet the forecast needs of the engineering sector alone over the next ten years (Engineering UK, 2012).
  • 450,000 skilled technicians are needed for 2020 (The Technician Council, 2012)
  • The WISE Awards are an important opportunity to highlight and encourage positive achievement, and inspire others to work for gender equality and diversity in STEM, helping to widen the STEM talent pool to meet the needs of the UK economy for a dynamic and diverse STEM workforce.


For more information, contact the UKRC and WISE by email or phone 01274 436485.